Five weeks ago, an exclusive appeared from Newcastle United’s official media partner, The Mirror, saying NUFC had agreed to pay 20m euros (approx £17.5m) to secure the services of Andreas Samaris.

The combative Greek international midfielder turned 28 in June and moved from Olympiakos to Benfica for 10m euros (just under £9m) in 2014, with The Mirror claiming their inside info was that Rafa Benitez has been working on this deal for the previous six weeks, since the Championship season ended basically.

The Mirror report said that quite correctly, Andreas Samaris has helped Benfica win the domestic league title in each of the last three years he has been in Portugal, however, he has had an ever diminishing involvement.

His first season (2014/15) saw 27 league starts and one appearance off the bench.

Then the second (2015/16) season saw a reduced 19 starts and eight from the subs bench.

Finally, last (2016/17) season Andreas Samaris started only nine league matches with another nine as a sub, sitting on the bench 21 times in total.

Also, if the midfielder did arrive, don’t expect goals to be his strength, Samaris has only scored twice in three years of league football in Portugal.

Difficult to put a price on any player’s head in this crazy transfer market but obviously Newcastle wouldn’t be getting one of Benfica’s best players here, so hard to see how the midfielder would be worth anything close to that £17.5m valuation.

The Mirror obviously started their official partner arrangement with NUFC by carrying some very embarrassing initial exclusives, claiming that Charlie Austin had signed for Newcastle, then following that up by stating as fact that Saido Berahino was also definitely signing for Newcastle. The following couple of years have been no better, with The Mirror having as much credibility as The Sun with their Newcastle United transfer exclusives.

Speaking of unreliable media…the Portuguese publication O Jogo are now claiming that the Andreas Samaris transfer is ‘back on’ after Benfica agreed to drop their price.

After not being able to shift him, the Portuguese newspaper says that Benfica have now dropped their asking price from that £17.5m figure, to a lower figure of around £13m.

O Jogo claim that talks between Newcastle and Benfica have been ‘positive’ and that agreement is close.

Worth pointing out that this summer, Newcastle United have been increasingly used by the Portuguese media with regard to transfer ‘exclusives’ but their success rate has been non-existent.

Newcastle having been linked with a whole host of players who play their league football in Portugal, including in particular a host of players who don’t get a regular game for Benfica, such as Andreas Samaris.

I’m sure that the Portuguese press will one day get a successful exclusive, maybe even this one…

However, you would have to be sceptical about a player stepping up to the Premier League when having struggled to get a game in the weak Portuguese league.

  • Leazes Ender

    Current Market Value £6.8m

    So its a bit like one of S**** D****t fake sales ….. marked up…… then down.

    • Geordie-7676

      i really wish you would stop using TransferMarkt as your basis for valuing players/clubs/squad values.

      All those valuations are based on independent opinions, and takes no account of inflation or market activity. in other words, ITS BOLLEXE!

      • Leazes Ender

        No it gives a much more accurate picture than an auction price as its based upon Market Development.

        I do wish you would choose one log-in

        Choose one from….
        Wor Mongo
        Bobbi Fleckman

        and stick to it!

        • Geordie-7676

          Well that’s a new one.

          So I am now involved in the ‘multiple log-in’ conspiracy theory am i?

          Rest assured mate, i have one, and only one log-in, and its this one right here.

          Anyway, ignoring your theory from this moment onward, my original point stands. Your using a system to base valuations that are absolute garbage, as it is not influenced at all by the changing markets, inflation, and increases in revenue stream available to clubs.

          Harry Kane is on there at £60million. So is he worth that because that’s what it says there? of course not. We all know it would probably cost double that to buy Kane.

          NUFC is listed at a value of £134Million. So is that what it would sell at? NOPE. It’s a s***e system, and your arguments would be much better placed if you stopped using it as your reference.

          Curly wurlys cost 10p when i was at school. Just because i think they should still cost the same, doesn’t mean the sellers do!

          • Leazes Ender

            How many senile, tory, Ashley backing, accountants can there be in the world?

          • Wor Monga

            …no he’s not bluebottle…you paranoid market valuer you!!!

          • Geordie-7676

            I fail to see what this has to do with Ashley, tories or accountants?

            This debate that we now find ourselves in is based upon your assumption that a website that lists a players value should be taken as the determining factor to a players worth.

            You said above that it is based upon market development. I would love you to explain to me what that means in the real world. How is this evaluated exactly? What factors go in to it?

            In actual fact, a players REAL value is what he gets paid a year, same as you, me, and everyone else in the working world. Purchasing that value is nothing more than compensation to the losing club.

          • breenebass

            I just have one log in- I find this site much better with Leazes Ender blocked. Leazes Ender could stub their toe, get a payrise and contract lycanthropy and would turn all three into a tenuous link slating Mike Ashley!

    • Lord

      What do you make of us paying £12.5m for Jacob Murphy who is valued at £900,000 on TransferMarkt right now?

      • Leazes Ender

        I think his value will be updated soon to somewhere about £5m.

        • Lord

          Yes, no need to be defensive, I find the transfermarkt site very interesting and I was interested in whether you feel we’ve been stung on JM or that’s just the price you have to pay to prise players away from clubs that want to keep them.

          There are obvious discrepancies when you look at individual players in isolation but as a comparison tool there’s little to complain about. I think it shows very clearly where NUFC are compared to the rest of the PL (bottom to mid table) and also if you look at the way our squad is valued, they’ve got the relative values pretty accurate – Gayle, Ritchie, Shelvey are all MVPs and so on down. Difficult to argue against them as relative valuations which, as you say, aren’t necessarily what a club would have to pay to buy them.

          Maybe Riviere is over valued at €1.5m.

          I do think this summer transfer window has been a bit mad and so some of the valuations on there, taken from mid 16/17 season are not accurate in this window’s inflated market. But even so a central midfielder valued at €8 is probably at the same level as one from another side valued at the same level.

          In which case this guy is slightly better than Colback but not as good as Shelvey.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Why do you care? We had the 7th highers wage bill and 10th highest player Market Value in 2016, we were relegated.

      • ToonNL

        Shh, you’re making sense he wont like it.

  • SH.ER

    He didn’t play much last season but he is a good midfielder
    At least better than what we have as defensive players
    Get the fuc* outta here haters _|_

  • toonterrier

    A twenty eight year old signing for Newcastle. I don’t believe it.

  • MadMag83

    I thought it was Vukic at first.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    This has got to be Fake News, the last thing we need is more krap from Europe

  • Steve Pearce

    I thought Graham Carr had got the sack…..

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s still on the board

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    A decent strong midfielder, most likely better than Colback and in a Rafa side will play away from home alongside Hayden. I thought we’d walked away from this one.

  • Down Under Mag

    May be a good signings for us but can’t see this happening, even with Rafa calling (more of) the shots that amount for that age just seems too far fetched under Ashley