According to The Sun, Newcastle United are interested in signing Cruzeiro playmaker Giorgian De Arrascaeta in this summer’s transfer window.
The 24-year-old, who turned out for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup, has scored 40 times in 159 appearances for Cruzeiro since a 2015 move from Defensor Sporting.
The attacking midfielder has a contract with his Brazilian club until the summer of 2021, but it is understood that he could be available for £18m.
Newcastle’s club record for a transfer still stands at the £16m that they paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in 2005, which does seem quite incredible in this day and age.
It is unlikely that Magpies boss Rafael Benitez will have bundles of cash to spend this summer, and the club’s supporters – who have also commented on a potential deal for Swansea City’s Andre Ayew – have doubted a deal for De Arrascaeta due to the money involved.
Indeed, a whole host of Newcastle fans have been on social media effectively ruling their club out of a deal for the talented South American.
A selection of the best Twitter reaction can be seen below:
£18m…. next please!
— James (@james1508) July 16, 2018
£18 million that rules us out lmao, if he was £1.8 we might stand a chance
— jimmy kelly (@xskye69x) July 16, 2018
So glad we are just monitoring players with less than a month left of the window. Who wants to get stuff done early.
— Richard (@Dickie_sirs) July 16, 2018
He’s available on loan ??
— Ginkoh_NUFC (@Ginkohro) July 16, 2018
That’s about 17,5 million to much for Ashley
— Woody (@texx1821) July 16, 2018
So we’ll say we made a substantial offer of £2.50 and a half eaten kit Kat chunky and say they was demanding a stupid transfer fee
— Philip Randell (@TheLittleIcon) July 16, 2018
So that’s both us and Celtic out the running with that price tag..
— Jenky (@_Jenky88) July 16, 2018
File this one under never happening
— David Punton (@DavePunton) July 16, 2018