An update has emerged on Porto forward Luis Diaz, regarding Newcastle United’s interest in his services.
The report claims that Porto are expecting a club-record fee, more than £42m (€50m), and Diaz has a release clause of roughly £67m (€80m).
Newcastle must smash their transfer record and pay the fee required to bring Diaz to St. James’ Park as he could be a terrific signing for the club and fans would love it. The supporters would surely be buzzing to see PIF splash the cash on the forward in an attempt to avoid relegation down to the Championship in the second half of the season.
Diaz has been in sublime form for Porto this season and is showing signs that he could thrive in the Premier League if given the opportunity to do so by Newcastle, which is why fans should love the deal if it goes through.
In the Primeira Liga, he has produced nine goals and two assists in 11 games for the Portuguese giants, whilst he also has two goals in four Champions League games – in a group with Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.
His Porto teammate Sergio Oliveira once hailed him after their Champions League win over Milan, saying:
“I don’t have to answer, we know his qualities, apart from the human level he is also extraordinary on a technical level. The best for him will also be the best for us as a team.”
This suggests that he has the quality to stand out at Champions League level against huge clubs, including Liverpool from the Premier League, and that indicates that he has the ability to play in England. If he is able to translate his form from Portugal over to the northeast then he could be a top player for the club as he’s shown he can score goals on a consistent basis.
Liverpool’s Alisson also previously heaped praise on the forward, hailing him for the hard work he puts in for his country. He said:
“Luis Diaz is an excellent player, he does a lot of work for the defence, he did it in the goals of Copa America.”
PIF and Eddie Howe must now ensure that they are able to get a deal over the line for Diaz. Not only would it be record-breaking for Porto, but it would also represent a club-record swoop for the Magpies, as their most expensive signing in history stands at £40m for Joelinton.