According to reports, Newcastle United have ‘referenced’ Porto and Portugal star Otavio ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old has been an ever-present for Porto over the past few seasons. He has played 228 times for them across all competitions.
The attacking midfielder has grabbed three goals and eleven assists from his 25 outings in the Primeira Liga this term.
The player’s contract expires in 2025. His current deal included a €60m release clause.
Portuguese outlet A Bola (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Newcastle United have Otavio ‘on their radar’.
The Portugal international has been ‘referenced’ by the Magpies. It is said that his ‘characteristics please’ the clubs interested in him.
The report goes onto state that ‘PSG and more Premier League clubs’ are to battle Newcastle for the signing.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Newcastle are at the front of the queue for Sven Botman ahead of a potential summer move from Lille.
Botman was the Magpies number one defensive target in the winter transfer window but were unable to bring in the Netherlands under-21 international.
But it now seems that Newcastle will attempt to sign Botman again ahead of the summer transfer window with Football Insider claiming the Geordies are still likely to beat AC Milan to his signing.
The website insists that the Magpies are ‘in pole position to sign’ Botman this summer ‘for around £30million this summer even though he has agreed personal terms with AC Milan’.
Botman is ‘still keen on signing for them and is eager to play in the Premier League’ and the Dutchman ‘remains a priority for Eddie Howe and the recruitment team as they look to recruit a top-class centre-back’.
The report insists that offering ‘a satisfactory contract will not be a problem for Newcastle’ with the wealth at their disposal this summer and they are ‘confident that Botman will accept their contract offer after verbally agreeing personal terms earlier this year’.
Newcastle believe they ‘can still win the race’ with Milan for the 22-year-old despite the Serie A side jumping the queue to agree personal terms.