REPORT: Newcastle United Interested in Benfica Midfielder Rafa Silva

Rafa Silva

Newcastle United want to sign Portuguese midfielder Rafa Silva from Benfica this summer, Alan Nixon from The Sun has reported.

However, a number of issues could prevent the Toon’s attempt to move for the 26-year-old midfielder.

Newcastle United Interested in Rafa Silva

Silva’s Time to Move On

Silva is supposedly unsettled at Benfica and favours a move to the Premier League this summer.

The Portuguese midfielder has been a bit-part player this season. This was partly due to missing 14 matches due to an abductor injury.

But, the creative midfielder scored nine goals and made six assists in all competitions for the current Primeira Liga champions.

Will Newcastle Be Able to Afford Rafa Silva?

Newcastle only want to pay £15 million for Silva, while Benfica value the 26-year-old at £25 million.

The Magpies reportedly want to scout Silva further to see if he is capable of making the transition to the Premier League before making any transfer decisions.

Furthermore, the financial impact of Coronavirus on the club could also be a factor in whether Newcastle move for the Portuguese playmaker.

Newcastle continue to pay off debts from previous transfers which may delay any possible transfer activity this summer.

A Talented Newcastle Midfield Next Season

Silva’s quality is clear and his record for Benfica will be appealing to Steve Bruce and Newcastle.

He has made 125 appearances for Benfica and scored 35 goals since joining from Braga in 2016.

His creativity and attacking ability would add essential quality in the final third for Newcastle. Steve Bruce‘s side scored the lowest amount of goals in the Premier League this season (25).

However, signing Silva would be a big intention from the Magpies and he would be a quality addition to a talented midfield next season.

Miguel Almiron was in good form before the season ended while Isaac Hayden proves to be a reliable defensive midfielder.

Youngsters Matthew Longstaff and Sean Longstaff also started to show their potential with regular appearances in the first team.

 

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