Newcastle step up transfer interest in ‘the new Neymar’ as Nickson heads to Brazil
Newcastle United have stepped up their interest in Santos wonderkid Angelo – dubbed the ‘new Neymar’. The Magpies have a long-standing interest in the 17-year-old forward, who has also been scouted by Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Liverpool.Information Guide Nigeria
However, reports in Brazil claim that Newcastle head of recruitment Steve Nickson travelled to Santos last weekend in a bid to get closer to the player, who is regarded as one of the hottest properties in South American football. Nickson watched Angelo in action in their 2-1 loss against Flamengo.
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According to express, Angelo is the youngest goalscorer in Copa Libertadores history, and already has more than 70 senior appearances to his name. The winger has been compared to Paris St Germain superstar Neymar in the past and is seen as the heir to his throne with the national side.
Any deal for the forward, however, would not be able to be completed until January at the earliest under Premier League rules as Angelo doesn’t turn 18 until December 21. Globo Esporte reported that Newcastle have made contact with the player’s representative, businesswoman Marisa Alija, but that no formal offer has been made yet.
Newcastle are understood to be willing to pay around £20million to land the teenage star, who is the third-youngest player to have featured for Santos’ first team.JAMB Result
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