For the past three weeks, Newcastle United have been linked with Ruben Semedo.

Claims in the Portuguese media this week that a deal had already been agreed between Newcastle and Sporting Lisbon for the central defender, were rubbished on Thursday by the player’s agent, Catio Balde.

Balde saying ‘Totally false – it’s a lie’, regarding the player having supposedly already decided to become a Newcastle player and the two clubs reaching agreement.

However, Friday morning has seen Sky Sports report that their information is that Newcastle have made a concrete offer of £10m for Ruben Semedo – but Sporting have knocked back the offer and are holding out for £13m.

Keith Downie covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports and he says there is also interest from West Brom and West Ham though Rafa Benitez is trying to seal a deal as soon as possible – Sporting Lisbon now waiting to see if Newcastle will raise their offer, or another club to outbid NUFC’s £10m.

First choice for Sporting Lisbon this season, Ruben Semedo has helped them to third place in the domestic league and he also turned out half a dozen times in the Champions League, playing against the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Contracted to Sporting until 2022, the centre-back (can also play defensive midfield) has a 45m euros (approx £39m) buyout clause in his contract.

Apart from the actual size of the buyout clause, there is nothing surprising about it, as it is common practice for players on the continent to have these clauses inserted when committing long-term. Security for the club but also allowing players to move on if a club comes in who they want to relocate to AND who are willing to pay the buyout clause.

Considering he has only started 50 top division matches and has only so far played up to Under 21 level for Portugal, that 45m euros buyout clause is obviously unrealistic considering what he has achieved so far.

However, after only finishing third and 12 points behind champions Benfica, Sporting are said to be willing to take far less than that buyout clause amount, in order to help bring in the players who could bridge that gap between them and Benfica (and Porto who finished six points ahead in second).

The big question for Newcastle is exactly what will represent value for money in this transfer market, with increasingly crazy predictions of what players will move for this summer.



  • Geordiegiants

    It seems to me that centre half is the last place we need a promising prospect. We already have 3 of them.

    • Clarko

      And they are?

      • Geordiegiants

        Clarke, Lascelles and Mbemba. All three have the potential to be top centre halves given the correct guidance.

        • Clarko

          Ciaran Clark (without an e) is 27 years old and has appeared in 134 games of Premier League football, he is not a “prospect” and nor can he be described as “promising”, he is a known quantity. Mbemba played in 12 Championship games last season, how confident are you that he will stay? Because I’m not. That leaves Lascelles.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah Clark (NO E) might of played a lot of games but he is still trying get to the top of his game and fulfil his potential. I think it’s fair to say, Vardy for example, didn’t start to realise his potential until about 27, so was still a prospect with potential. Atsu started only a handful of games and signed a permanent contract, so it doesn’t mean Mbemba is going to leave, just because he only played a hand full of games, he is a young prospect with potential to fill.
            Lascelles fits the stereo typical young prospect perfectly without going into to much detail.

          • Clarko

            Do you know what the word potential means? It means “having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future”, Clark at 27 years old (28 in September) does not have much of a future to develop therefore he does not have potential.

            Jamie Vardy scored 31 and made 17 assists in 11/12, he scored 4 and made 4 assists in 12/13, he scored 16 goals and made 10 assists in 13/14, he scored 5 goals and made 10 assists in 14/15, he scored 24 goals and made 8 assists in 15/16, he scored 13 goals and made 6 assists in 16/17. I think you will find that Vardy has been fairly consistent throughout his career, not just post 27.

            Atsu played in 32 Championship games in the 16/17 season, where as Mbemba played in 12 Championship games in the 16/17 season. Atsu has featured significantly more games than Mbemba.

          • Geordiegiants

            Remind me of the division Vardy was playing in please I’ve forgot.
            I’m sure you will have heard of the saying it’s never to late to learn, which goes back to your original question of who are the three with potential, which would apply to Clark, Mbemba and Lascelles as not one has reached their full potential yet, regardless of age or how long a career they have left.
            How many minutes did Atsu play in those appearances? I haven’t scrolled through the net, but PROBABLY as many as Mbemeba in the games he played would be my guess. I could be wide of the mark and Mbemba is off, but I wouldn’t bet my last pound trying to second guess Rafa. I was merely pointing out we have three potentially very good centre halves if we could get an old stalwart in next to them, and that other areas would be far more important if I were looking for new recruits.

          • Clarko

            You cannot possibly say that Vardy only “realised his potential at 27” if you do not recognise the lower leagues as being worthy, it does not make logical sense. You are essentially stating “Jamie Vardy realised his potential when he began playing in the leagues I rate, it just doesn’t work like that. Vardy can only play who he has in front of him, and he has played well consistently, how else has he reached the Premier League?

            By the your logic of “it’s never to late to learn”, teams should go out and sign the likes of Jamie Carragher or Rio Ferdinand if they can improve, by your logic why isn’t every defender at Newcastle a promising prospect, why isn’t Grant Hanley? If we should disregard age, why don’t teams go out and sign Paolo Maldini?

            Mbemba played 1075 minutes, Atsu played 1567 minutes, 1.45 times more, that is the problem with “guessing” isn’t it, you can be wrong.

            It’s a good job you are not the one looking for recruits, as Newcastle would be lumbered with a bunch of 30 year old players all of whom would be expected to improve.

          • Geordiegiants

            The lower leagues aren’t worth a scoot of slash. You do not reach your full potential until you’re at the top of your game in any job.
            Rooney for example was at the top of his games in his early 20s it’s different for everyone. None of our three centre halves have reached their full potential yet. No where do I say we should only sign older players.

          • Clarko

            You are devoid of any logic.

            You state “you do not reach your full potential until you’re at the top of your game in any job”, so Vardy could’ve peaked at “any job” then? Like at Halifax Town?

            You then state “Rooney for example was at the top of his games in his early 20s”, does that not mean that Jamie Vardy could’ve reached his potential in his early 20s?

            You follow by saying that “none of our three centre halves have reached their full potential yet”, and I would like to question that by asking if you can predict the future? Do you have a magic crystal ball that you’ve yet to mention?

            Finally, no where did I say that you stated that we should “only sign older players”, I was questioning your logic of “it’s never to late to learn”, if that was true, then why don’t teams sign older players?

          • Geordiegiants

            Circles never end!

          • Clarko

            Nothing to say then?

          • Geordiegiants

            No! It’s getting very boring, going around in circles!

          • Clarko

            In other words, I’m right.

            To be clear, I have not repeated myself once. If you think this argument is circular, that’s due to you.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah your right, only your opinion matters. I don’t have an opinion.

          • Clarko

            Your opinion is uninformed and is therefore invalid, as I have proven.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah your right!

          • Clarko

            *You’re

          • Geordiegiants

            Sorry there we go, YOU’RE right again! How good are you?