Newcastle United were urged to submit an improved offer for €80 million-rated Goncalo Ramos as Benfica will not agree on a €60 million fee.
According to A Bola and Jornal De Noticias via Sport Witness, Newcastle United must submit an improved offer to prise Goncalo Ramos from Benfica. The Portuguese side wants at least €80 million to sell the striker, although the Magpies are willing to pay around €60 million.
Last week many reports in Portugal pointed at an unnamed club tabling a €60 million bid for in-demand striker Goncalo Ramos. Speculation pointed at Newcastle United being the club to bring the proposal, but nothing seemed to confirm the news.
The Magpies are keen on the striker and were ready to ‘attack’ for his signature. Eddie Howe sees Ramos as a market opportunity and could urge the club to sign the forward. It’s not like Newcastle United have a shortage of strikers in the squad, with Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak more than capable of playing an entire season.
However, the €80 million-rated, 22-year-old seemed like a good fit for Howe’s system, but Newcastle United will have to make a concrete effort to sign him. If indeed they were the club to table the €60 million bid, they must improve to boost their chances of signing Ramos.
Benfica are open to a sale but at their desired price. The Portuguese club are protected with a release clause in Ramos’ contract worth €120 million. They wanted that figure in January but have seemingly lowered it for the summer. Manchester United are also keen on Ramos as Erik ten Hag continues to search for a new striker. Benfica chief Rui Costa believes the Red Devils are ready to pay the €80 million required to sign the striker.
Manchester United are not fully invested in bringing in a new striker yet as they look to resolve their goalkeeping situation. When they wrap up the signing of a new stopper, and if Ramos remains available, the Portugal international could become an option.
Hence, Newcastle must table at least an €80 million bid if they want to avoid complications and bring in Ramos. As things stand, the Magpies are not looking at other striker options, but Benfica’s asking price may prove difficult for them.
Newcastle United have also shown they are not a club that overpays. In fact, they have walked away from many deals for the prices quoted and might do the same with the Ramos case.