Newcastle ‘keen to launch £15 million move for Benfica midfielder Rafa Silva’ but move is on hold as club monitor impact of coronavirus pandemic on summer transfer kitty
- Newcastle will try to sign Rafa Silva if global pandemic doesn’t wipe out budget
- Benfica wanted £25m for Silva but Magpies believe £15 million will seal deal
- Newcastle are also keen to watch Silva play more games before launching bid
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Newcastle United are keen to launch a £15 million bid for Benfica midfielder Rafa Silva but have put the move on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Silva has caught the eye in 21 appearances for the club this term but is ready to leave the Portuguese champions and embark on a new challenge.
According to The Sun, Benfica initially valued Silva at £25m but Newcastle are only willing to bid up to £15m providing their budget isn’t wiped out by the current global health crisis.
Newcastle United are keen to launch a £15 million summer move for Benfica’s Rafa Silva
But the move for the midfielder is on hold until Newcastle know if and when season will resume
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce hopes Silva’s creativity will improve his side’s dearth of goals
The Magpies were one of the first clubs to furlough non-playing staff after the Premier League season was suspended to limit the damage on the club’s finances.
Newcastle still owe sizeable instalments on transfers they made last summer and paying off those fees will take priority over new arrivals.
But that hasn’t stopped them from lining up potential summer signings, though owner Mike Ashley won’t commit to splashing the cash until he knows if and when the season will resume.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley recently furloughed non playing staff to ease financial damage
Silva is an attacking midfielder who has displayed an eye for goal having scored nine goals in 25 appearances for Benfica this season.
His ability in the final third has attracted the attention of Newcastle manager Steve Bruce, who is keen to add goals and creativity to his side next season.
The Magpies, who are currently 13th in the Premier League, have the joint worst goalscoring record in the division having scored just 25 goals in 29 games.
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