Over in Portugal today, it is reported that Newcastle are interested in a summer move for Victor Lindelof.
Diário de Notícias say that Newcastle United have been watching the central defender as a potential recruit to strengthen a defence which has yet again proven to be one of the worst in the Premier League, only rock bottom Villa have conceded more goals.
The 21 year old Swedish defender has made rapid progress after getting his chance in the second half of this season through injury to others.
Victor Lindelof had played almost entirely for the second team up to January this year and had started the season as fourth choice in the middle of defence behind Luisao, Jardel and Lisandro Lopez.
Playing regular first team football in Portugal for the first time, Lindelof has featured in 12 league matches and Benfica have won 11 of them, helping them to top the league two points ahead of big rivals Sporting.
Victor Lindelof has also impressed in four Champions League appearance since the turn of the year, having faced both Zenit St Petersburg and Bayern Munich.
As well as Newcastle registering their interest and scouting the player, a number of other clubs are also claimed to be monitoring the Benfica defender’s progress, including AS Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach and PSG.
Agreeing a new deal only last summer as a squad player, Benfica are also said to be putting together a new contract offer to take account of his emergence as a first team player, hoping that will help convince the player he should stay in Portugal for the time being.
The club form of Victor Lindelof led to a first call-up for the senior squad last month and the defender started against both Turkey and Czech Republic, Lindelof now looking to have a great chance of booking his place with Sweden for this summer’s European Championships.
Whatever happens in these final days of the Premier League season, Newcastle United look set to make big changes to their squad, regardless as to which division they will be playing in next season.
Time will be of the essence to help the team/club recover, hopefully under Rafa Benitez’ continuing guidance.
After the home match with Spurs on Sunday 15 May, there are then only 90 days until the next Premier League season kicks off, or 83 days if Newcastle are playing Championship football starting in August.