Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes.
According to a recent report from Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), Newcastle, as well as fellow Premier League club Everton, have made an approach to the Portuguese club over a potential transfer for the midfielder.
With Newcastle now in talks, it’s thought they’ll need a fee in the region of €60m (£51.6m).
Back in the 2019 January transfer window, Nunes joined Sporting’s U23 side from fellow Portuguese club Estoril.
Since then, the 23-year-old has gone on to make 131 appearances for his current club across their senior and U23 sides.
In those aforementioned appearances, the Brazilian-born midfielder has found the net ten times and delivered 11 assists in the process.
His latest season with Sporting saw the player make 33 league appearances, leaving only one other outfield player at the club to rack up more minutes than Nunes, which highlights just how key is for the team.
This shows how much of a well-rounded midfield player he is and why the Toon and the Toffees have their eye on him.
The player has already caught the attention of one of the Premier League’s most recognisable figures when Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola labelled the Sporting midfielder as “one of the best players in the world today.”
With the Magpies showing during the previous January transfer window how successful it can be to sign a young midfielder with Brazilian roots in the shape of Bruno Guimaraes, securing a deal for Nunes could see them replicate a similar swoop.
After moving to St. James’ Park from Olympique Lyon in a deal worth £40m, the Brazilian had a rather productive end to the season with Newcastle having scored five goals, delivered one assist as well as making 19 interceptions and winning 39 tackles in just 17 league games.
This, just like Nunes, highlights how much of a capable midfielder the Brazilian is with and without the ball.
If Nunes can follow in the early footsteps of Guimaraes and settle into life in the Premier League, this could be yet another great bit of business from the club ahead of what could be a massive season for them.