Sporting Lisbon's Ruben Semedo in action against Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Newcastle United's move for Ruben Semedo still has hurdles to overcome before it is a done deal.
O Jogo reported last week that the Toon had a verbal agreement to sign the defender, but this has become more complicated by Sporting Lisbon's demands.
A Bola report Sporting want a 50 per cent sell on fee, and are also demanding 30 million Euros in compensation if Newcastle were to sell him to another Portuguese side.
Lisbon's Ruben Semedo in action with Tottenham's Kevin Stewart (R)
Newcastle are looking at a £12.5 million fee to sign the centre-back, a potential bargain, but A Bola report they have been left stunned by Sporting's extra demands.
Where the deal goes from here is unclear, and Newcastle are likely to be considering whether or not they want to go through with the deal.
If they have faith Semedo is the right man, they should go ahead and take the plunge.
£12.5 million is a bargain fee for the defender, and they should not concern themselves by worrying about selling him.
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A 50 per cent sell on fee is a bigger amount than is normal for English clubs to accept typically, and there may be room to negotiate this down.
As for the 30 million Euro compensation clause if they sell to another Portuguese club, this is Sporting trying to ensure he does not end up back at a rival if his Newcastle spell is unsuccessful.
This happened in France when Newcastle signed Remy Cabella from Montpellier and then let him leave for Marseille one season later.
If it is an issue which concerns Newcastle then the solution is simple, just don't sell him to another Portuguese team. It should be an easy penalty to avoid.
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