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Toon linked to Brazilian wonderkid, club in line for £300m windfall?

David D · Tuesday 25th October 2022
Toon linked to Brazilian wonderkid, club in line for £300m windfall?

TUESDAY'S TALK

Even more players linked with Toon move

  • According to Brazilian journalist Filipe Dias, Newcastle have bid €25m for Santos wonderkid Ângelo Gabriel.
  • The 17-year-old has already played almost a hundred professional games for the Brazilian giants.
  • As per Transfermarkt, the winger has one goal and five assists in Série A appearances this season.
  • The player's agent denies a concrete move this week, and Barcelona are said to have a €35m first buy option.
  • Elsewhere, the Chronicle's Aaron Stokes says reports of a move for Cristiano Ronaldo are 'wide of the mark'.
  • The Portuguese superstar is looking at the Old Trafford exit door in January, but is said to want Champions League football.
  • Meanwhile, CBS' Ben Jacobs reports that the Toon could move for €20m-rated Weston McKennie.
  • Juventus are said to be open to selling the United States international, with Spurs, Leeds, Everton, and Arsenal also reportedly keen.

Magpies make several Team Of The Week lists

  • For the seventh time in twelve gameweeks, Kieran Tripper makes the WhoScored first eleven with a rating of 8.1
  • The full-back is also included on the SofaScore roster at 8.6, the second-highest-rated behind Dean Henderson at 8.7.
  • Meanwhile, Toon legend Alan Shearer includes both Sven Botman and Miguel Almirón in his side.

Club set to pen £300m sponsorship deal?

  • According to a report by Football Insider, the club could be set to sign a ten-year-plus deal that could be worth £30m per season.
  • JMW Solicitors' commercial head of sports services Ben Peppi suggests it could be an 'associated party' deal linked to majority owners PIF.
  • Peppi thinks it will be announced in the summer.
  • Report is more speculative than anything else, with no club sources backing up the suggestion.
  • Reports have emerged that the club will end its deal with betting firm Fun88 at the end of the season.

More reaction to Magpie's stunning win over Spurs

Italian star Santon speaks in wide-ranging interview

  • Speaking to The Chronicle, retired full-back Davide Santon speaks about his time at the club, his exit, and having to retire early.
  • Santon suffered countless knee injuries in his career, that left him feeling like he just didn't enjoy football anymore.
  • He one day wants to return to watch games, especially given his wife is a Geordie and his daughter was born in the city.
  • He turned down a move to Sunderland because he didn't want to be a 'traitor'.
  • Talks about 'crazy' Hatem Ben Arfa, the European adventure of 2013, and how he felt forced out of the club.

Analysis shows Toon can play both long and short

  • A deep tactical dive on The Athletic shows how the Magpies used long balls from the back to trouble the Spurs defence.
  • Fabian Schär's long ball over the top led to Callum Wilson's goal.
  • Intelligent runs from Wilson, Joe Willock, Joelinton, and Miguel Almirón also caught the Spurs backline off-guard repeatedly.
  • Elsewhere, The Other 14 has us six points ahead of their baseline tracker after week 13.
  • Kieran Trippier again tops the chart for most progressive passing yards, with three Toon players in the top 15 for long passes.
  • ESPN has handily highlighted a rather encouraging stat in the Magpie's journey from the bottom of the Premier League to a Champions League spot...

Tuesday's bits and pieces

  • Paul Tierney will referee Newcastle's clash at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.
  • The assistants will be Constantine Hatzidakis and Neil Davies, with Ben Toner as the fourth official.
  • Tony Harrington will take charge of VAR, with Dan Cook assisting.
  • Tierney was VAR for the Brentford win, while Harrington refereed the victory over Everton last week.
  • Former Toon defender Florian Lejeune scored a fantastic brace for Rayo Vallecano in their heavy win over Cadiz, with one a stunning free-kick.