Benfica In Bid For Newcastle Target According To Italian Journalist

A few days ago Newcastle were linked with want-away Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin. The player was being looked at a cheaper alternative to Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha who was valued by his club at around €40-50m.

Mattia Perin is in high demand as he is a quality goalkeeper and looking to leave Juventus for first-team football.

Nicolo Schira, who is an Italian journalist for La Gazzetta dello Sport, has tweeted that Benfica have made a bid for Perin.

The tweet roughly translates to:

Benfica in for Mattia Perin : offered 10 million euros to Juventus and a four-year contract of 2.5 million per season for the goalkeeper, who will think about it even if he would rather stay in Italy.

There has been no more information on the bid but we would imagine that it would be rejected for that amount. Juventus is likely to want to recoup at least the €12m they paid Genoa for him last summer.

The more discouraging news is that it looks like the player wants to remain in Italy. There is very little likelihood that he would want to leave Italy to come to the sideshow Newcastle have become.

There are also unconfirmed reports this morning that Martin Dubrakva is now unsettled at the club. He is reportedly a target of Porto, among others, who reportedly have the bid in for Perin.

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