Newcastle United have been linked with a swoop for Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to a recent report from Record, the Tyneside club are interested in bringing the Portuguese shot-stopper to St James’ Park this summer.
To further highlight his talent between the sticks, Costa ended his latest campaign at Porto with the joint-lowest rate of goals against per 90 minutes (0.67) in the Portuguese top flight from 33 appearances.
In terms of a potential move to Newcastle this summer, this could give Eddie Howe the chance to finally get rid of one man in his squad who didn’t get much of a look in since the former Bournemouth manager was appointed on Tyneside, namely Karl Darlow.
In just eight league appearances this season, all of which came between September and November, the 31-year-old failed to keep even one clean sheet and ended up conceding 15 goals in total.
After his performance in Newcastle’s 3-3 draw against Brentford last November, Toon legend Alan Shearer said that Darlow looked “nervous” throughout the game, which could be why Howe took him out of the team for the remainder of the season thereafter.
Taking all this into account, getting rid of the Englishman and bringing in the young Porto shot-stopper could be a great bit of prospective business from Newcastle yo freshen up this part of Howe’s squad ahead of next season.
While Martin Dubravka seems to be the first-choice goalkeeper at the moment, there’s every chance that Costa could well provide some competition for the number one spot should he find himself leaving the club where he has spent the entirety of his career so far and joining Newcastle this summer.