Mon 25 Mar 2024, 18:59 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle keeping eye on 17-year-old Brazilian midfielder with £43m release clause - journalist

Newcastle keeping eye on 17-year-old Brazilian midfielder with £43m release clause - journalist
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Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are said to be keeping tabs on 17-year-old Brazilian midfielder who looks set for a move away from Flamengo.

Lorran is the latest young Brazilian to catch the eye of Premier League sides with Newcastle and Crystal Palace potentially weighing up a summer move, according to journalist Jorge Nicola (h/t Sport Witness).

The young midfielder is currently refusing to sign a new deal with Flamengo with his current contract set to expire in December 2025.

This has put the Premier League clubs on alert and Newcastle are now monitoring the situation.


Newcastle and Crystal Palace could fight over a young Brazilian midfielder again this summer

Lorran currently has a release clause of €50million (£43million) which Palace or Newcastle could activate to land the player this summer, but it's unlikely that either club would be looking to pay that much for such a young player with no Premier League experience.

Manchester City could also throw a spanner in the works by using their Brazilian club, Bahia, under the City Football Group umbrella to activate his release clause which is lower for Brazilian clubs. That would give Lorran extra time in his home country before City could bring him in for a lesser fee. Something that if Newcastle tried to do with its Saudi club connections would cause such outrage Miguel Delaney would spontaneously combust.

Last summer Newcastle lost out to Crystal Palace for another young Brazilian midfielder with a big reputation in Matheus Franca who has barely featured for Palace's first team this season playing fewer than 500 minutes all season.


Lorran seems like a luxury player Newcastle can't afford this summer

Newcastle need to be very active this summer to cut the squad down and build it back up after a season which has highlighted the fragility and lack of depth in the squad.

That being said, Eddie Howe has said that he doesn't expect there to be a huge overhaul thanks to the pressures of the financial regulations which are strangling the modern game.

Therefore we don't expect that buying up expensive 17-year-olds will be on Newcastle's agenda this summer unless they can find a way to do it in such a way that it doesn't affect FFP too much.