Newcastle United could make another bid for a wonderkid wanted by Atletico Madrid and Ajax.
Newcastle United are reportedly set to rekindle their interest in highly-rated Portuguese youngster Roger Fernandes.
The Magpies were one of several clubs linked with a move for the Braga full-back in the summer, after Ajax and Atletico Madrid were also said to be monitoring his progress since the 17-year-old enter senior training last year.
Fernandes made his debut as a late substitute in a league match against Sporting Lisbon in August 2021 before scoring a first senior goal in a Taca de Portugal win at Moitense two months later. He finished his first season in the senior team with three goals in 11 games in all competitions and earned praise from former Braga manager Carlos Carvahal for the impact he had made.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “It was amazing. I know football. This is not normal. The next day I asked him: “Where did you learn that? who taught you This is a complex position. He told me he watched every Braga game and when he was told he would play left wing, he spent the whole day watching videos of Galeno (the injured player he replaced).
“I had studied his movements in the offensive, defensive and transition phases. Wow! As a 15 year old, this was something special. The modern young player doesn’t like to watch full games, but this guy had done everything he could to learn this position.”
Carvahal’s successor Artur Jorge has taken a slightly different view of the youngster’s development and has sent Fernandes to train with Braga’s B team for the first half of the current season. This has led to speculation that Newcastle could make a move to tempt the winger to Tyneside as they look to continue adding young talent to their squad with a move similar to that which will see Australian striker Garang Kuol join the club in January .
A report on Fernandes in Portuguese channel A Bola has suggested the Magpies “intend to return” with a bid lower than the £17m offer that was speculated during the summer transfer window.