After years of speculation, reports linking Andre Carrillo to Newcastle United aren’t going away. According to The Sun, The Magpies are tracking the Benfica winger along with Premier League rivals Huddersfield Town, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.
Though this is far from the first time the Peruvian has been tipped to swap Iberia for Tyneside. Back in January 2015, O Jogo reported that Newcastle had made an offer of £7.5 million to Carrillo’s former club, Sporting Lisbon.
Speculation intensified once again when Sapo Desporto claimed that Newcastle had sent scouts to watch Benfica’s Champions League first-leg knock-out clash against Borussia Dortmund last season, a game Carrillo started.
And it appears that Newcastle have never been in a better position to finally bring the fleet-footed winger to St James’ Park. The report claims that Benfica, who controversially signed Carrillo from Primeira Liga rivals Sporting last summer, want to sell him permanently for a cut-price fee of just £6 million.
However, the fact that Benfica, who usually demand extortionate fees for their key man, are so desperate to get rid should get alarm bells ringing for Newcastle.
Half price, half the player?
Carrillo may have viewed as one of the most talented young players in Portugal when making his name at Sporting but his reputation has taken a battering at Benfica, starting just three of his 20 league appearances and contributing just two goals and one assist.
The Sun claims that Leicester City had a bid of £13 million rejected by Sporting just two summers ago. And the fact he is now available for half that shows just how far Carrillo’s stock has fallen.
Furthermore, with Newcastle completing the signing of Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy, who scored two superb goals in Wednesday’s 4-0 pre-season battering of Bradford City, do they really need another left winger?