Flamengo standing firm as Newcastle continue talks for Brazilian wonderkid
Newcastle United are continuing talks with Flamengo to try and reach an agreement over forward Matheus Franca, 90min understands.
90min confirmed at the start of January that negotiations were ongoing over a possible deal for the teenager, and with Chris Wood’s loan to buy move to Nottingham Forest completed, the Magpies now have more wiggle room in the transfer market.
Bayer Leverkusen had a £10m bid rejected for Franca earlier in the window, and Newcastle, via intermediaries, are understood to have lodged an offer worth around £14m.
But Brazilian giants Flamengo want more money for the talented 18-year-old, and are believed to be pushing for a deal of around £18m.
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Lyon, who are also trying to beat Wolves to Franca’s teammate Joao Gomes, are also keeping tabs on the player, while there’s also been heavyweight interest from Champions League holders Real Madrid.
Having already missed out to Chelsea for Andrey Santos this January, Newcastle are keen not to miss out on another young talent, who is widely considered to be one of Brazilian football’s top prospects.
Under-23 international Franca has been a regular starter for Flamengo over the past year, and his current contract – that runs until 2027 – is thought to contain a huge release clause worth just shy of £75m.
Nottingham Forest announce signing of Andre Ayew
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of free agent Andre Ayew despite interest from Everton.
The forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Toffees in recent days, but Forest have swooped in to sign the Ghanian.
Speaking to the club’s official website after finalising the move, the forward said: “It’s a great feeling to sign for Nottingham Forest.
“I know how big the club is and I know how much the club means to the city and the fanbase. It’s always been difficult whenever I’ve played against Forest and at The City Ground and I love the stadium.
“Steve Cooper is someone who knows me very well and knows how to work with me both on and off the pitch. We have a strong relationship, he’s a special coach and a special human being and someone who I really look up to.”
“I know what I can bring to the team, I’m ready to give my all and make sure that we are able to stay in the Premier League.”
Wolves vs Liverpool – Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
Liverpool will be looking to make a statement with a Premier League trip to Wolves this weekend, having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in their last three attempts and have slipped as low as ninth in the table. Depending on what Chelsea do against Fulham on Friday night, the Reds could be 10th by the time they kick-off at Wolves.
Wolves are still yet to really find their groove under Julen Lopetegui, although at least remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference for the time being.
Wolves vs Liverpool H2H Results (Last Five Games)
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Wolves team news
Wolves have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, Sasa Kalajdzic and Chiquinho all still sidelined.
Wolves predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Nunes; Traore, Sarabia, Hwang; Jimenez.
Liverpool team news
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate is the latest Liverpool player to join the injury list, ruled out until at least mid-February with a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is also still out, as are Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. Arthur Melo is making progress but is a couple of weeks away from resuming training.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
It’s certainly feasible that Wolves could continue to pile the misery on Liverpool.
The Reds had beaten Wolves in seven consecutive meetings until a recent FA Cup tie ended in 2-2 draw at Anfield. It was then only a single goal that decided the replay in the Merseysiders’ favour.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Liverpool
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