According to Le 10 Sport, Newcastle United want to sign Lille midfielder Thiago Maia this summer, and the Magpies have already had at least one bid rejected.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is reportedly still unclear as to what type of transfer budget he will have to spend in this summer’s window.
However, it is understood that the Premier League club are busy behind the scenes, and have identified Maia as a potential summer arrival.
He joined Lille from Brazilian outfit Santos in July 2017, and made 37 appearances in all competitions for his Ligue 1 club during the 2017-18 campaign.
Newcastle are not exactly short of options in the middle of the park, but Mikel Merino could be moving on in this summer’s transfer window.
The club’s supporters have been reacting to the transfer speculation surrounding Maia, and it would be fair to say that they are struggling to agree on the midfielder.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Not being funny, but he’s quality on FM16 so I reckon we might have a genuine chance of winning the league next year.
— J (@J_92__) June 6, 2018
He had a woeful season. People had such high hopes for him too. Looked well off the pace and didn’t settle at all.
— David Crossan (@davidmcrossan) June 6, 2018
Cheap gamble on a flop/bad egg, that’s the Newcastle I know
— Dell (@agbnufc) June 6, 2018
If we sign another CM that be will leave but If he’s from Brazil like kenedy he will be immense haha
— John Patrickson (@john22061984) June 6, 2018
Just on a quick glance over his wikipedia, looks like a potential replacement for merino (same age, position, foot)
— 25 ffs (@UndyHatt) June 6, 2018
He cost them around £12 million a year ago, played every game and he’s Brazilian… we have no chance
— Aaran Driver (@Aaran_Driver) June 6, 2018
He is class
— James Douglas (@Jimdoug87) June 6, 2018