Benfica are reportedly planning to offer Goncalo Ramos a new contract after Newcastle tried to sign him during the summer transfer window.
The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park last month, with Eddie Howe looking to bring in a new forward to compete with Callum Wilson.
In the end, the Magpies turned to Alexander Isak. He arrived for a club record fee of £59million from Real Sociedad.
The Toon hierarchy decided to splash out on Isak after an injury to Wilson, but before then they didn’t plan to spend as much money.
After scoring against Newcastle in pre-season, it was reported that Ramos was Dan Ashworth’s ‘new top target‘, and that a bid would be made for the Portuguese ace. Sky Sports claimed that Newcastle were willing to pay £25million for his services.
There was also interest from Wolves and Southampton, but instead he remained with Benfica.
Now speculation over Ramos’ future is continuing, and Roger Schmidt’s side are taking steps to protect their asset.
Goncalo Ramos in line for new Benfica contract
According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Benfica are going to offer Ramos a contract extension. It will include a pay rise, while his £105million release clause will remain.
Of course, Benfica never expected to receive that amount of money for Ramos during the summer transfer window. A Bola add that they would have accepted an offer worth £35million.
But while Ramos seemed quite an attainable signing during the summer, A Bola suggest that is no longer the case. They state that given his form of 14 goal contributions in 12 games, Ramos will soon be ‘inaccessible to clubs in the middle of the table’ like Newcastle.
Instead he will likely sign for one of Europe’s top sides, with Manchester United and Bayern Munich linked.
While Newcastle might not be deemed good enough for Ramos, it doesn’t really matter. The Magpies’ interest in him surely ended as soon as Isak landed on Tyneside. And in the Swede we have signed a much bigger name who has even more potential. And that’s why he cost a lot more money.