Newcastle United are keeping close tabs on São Paulo’s Pablo Maia, according to journalist Jorge Nicola, relayed by Bolavip Brazil.

The 21-year-old has mainly operated as a defensive midfielder, while has also been used as a centre-back and in the middle of the pitch this year, where he’s managed three goals from 23 games. His form has caught the Magpies’ attention.

Nicola states the player’s agent, Junior Pedroso, has informed him about Newcastle sending their scouts to watch his client in action for the Brazilian club.

“What Junior told me is that Pablo Maia has been targeted by a Newcastle scout. When the English team is looking for a player, he (scout) starts to observe, even if from a distance, the numbers, behaviour, performance, before taking the decision to buy him or not,” he said.

A month ago, the versatile player committed his future to São Paulo by signing a new deal until 2027. Despite this, the Brazilian club are open to cashing in from the star’s sale since they need to raise funds to balance their books.

In fact, Maia appears as a ‘best alternative for a robust sale’ and his employer have set a base price. Newcastle could ‘knock on the door’ of São Paulo for Maia and are aware of the fee needed to bring him to the Premier League in the summer.

The journalist suggests Eddie Howe’s side could be one of the clubs to come forward with an offer for the Brazilian in the next window.

“Pablo Maia should receive offers in the middle of the year, if not from Newcastle, from other clubs. He is, today, the most ready and valued player, and who most animates the international market (…). The player can guarantee, at least, €10m,” Nicola explained.