Report: Newcastle target Andre Carrillo rejects Sporting contract

Newcastle United made an offer for Sporting CP’s Andre Carrillo in January.

The Magpies put forward a €10 million offer for 23-year-old Carrillo, as per O Jogo, but no deal was completed before the close of the transfer window.

A Peruvian international, Carrillo has played for Sporting since 2011, having moved from boyhood club Alianza Lima. He has since made 138 appearances for the Lisbon-based side, scoring 15 goals and registering 30 assists, and his good form has seen him targeted by Newcastle.

Able to operate on either wing, or as a number 10, Carrillo has won 25 caps for his nation, and so securing a work permit would come as no problem. Newcastle’s €10 million bid was deemed unacceptable by Sporting last month, with the quoted report claiming that his contract has a €30 million release clause in it, and that they intend to secure close to that amount.

However, with his deal expiring in the summer of 2016, they could be worried about losing Carrillo for a negligible fee, and a new report in O Jogo - and quoted by Sport Witness - has claimed that they are in the process of offering him a new deal.

The claims suggest that the club want to offer Carrillo higher wages, but also increase his release clause to €45 million, although it is said that the player himself is against that, and has rejected the first approach made by Sporting. Newcastle are mentioned in the report, and they are expected to return with an offer for him in the summer, and it must be the potential Premier League transfer that has Carrillo not keen on staying in Portugal.

Although a transfer would still be possible if he extended his deal with Sporting, Newcastle are much more likely to offer an acceptable transfer value in the summer if he has just one year left. If Carrillo keeps rejecting Sporting’s approaches, it would come as no surprise to see the winger turning out at St James’ Park next season.

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