Newcastle United target Goncalo Ramos proved why there is so much interest in him on Wednesday night.
The Benfica striker has started the new season in incredible form, and that continued in Champions League qualifying action.
His side went to Dynamo Kyiv last night to play the first leg of their playoff, with Benfica coming out 2-0 winners. They are now in a commanding position going into next week’s second leg.
Ramos led the line for the Portuguese side, and scored his side’s second goal in the 37th minute. He pounced on a mistake in the Kyiv box and produced a sharp finish past Georgiy Bushcan.
It was the 21-year-old’s fifth goal of the season already, while he also has three assists. In five appearances, Ramos has eight goal contributions.
That kind of form would be more than welcome at Newcastle, but we suddenly face a lot of competition for his signature.
Southampton and Wolves step up Goncalo Ramos interest
Newcastle aren’t the only Premier League club interested in Ramos. Southampton and Wolves are too, and appear to be making their moves.
It was reported on Wednesday by Sky Sports that Bruno Lage’s side are interested in signing the striker. Jorge Mendes is also reportedly involved in the deal now, which will boost the chances of Ramos heading to Molineux.
However, Southampton are also in the mix. The Athletic reported yesterday that the Saints have held talks with Benfica over a £25million move.
Interest is mounting in the Portuguese youngster, who appears to be no closer to joining Newcastle. He was the talk of the Toon last week, with claims that he was the club’s new top target ahead of an opening bid going in.
Reports in Portugal have stated that the Magpies are now willing to pay more than £30million for Ramos, but that might depend on what happens with Joao Pedro.
He is another forward Newcastle are trying to sign, and a bid to bring the Brazilian to Tyneside seems much more advanced than our Ramos pursuit.
But the Benfica man sent another reminder of his talents on Wednesday night, and isn’t short of suitors. If Newcastle don’t make a move, it seems like someone else will.