FC Porto now seem to regret their treatment of Vincent Aboubakar, and Newcastle United interest is part of the reason.
After 19 goals in his loan spell at Besiktas this season, plus the fact that he scored against Germany at the weekend, the Portuguese club think they should keep the striker. But the conditions aren’t in their favour right now.
Aboubakar has one year of contract left, and Porto only own 37.5% of his rights. It means that if he leaves now, they won’t get a big fee, and if he walks at the end of the season, they get nothing.
Porto have just lost a striker by selling André Silva to AC Milan, with the hapless Laurent Depoitre also going, so Aboubakar could be pretty useful.
As reported by Correio da Manhã today, the club’s intention is to try to get the Cameroon international to sign a new contract. New manager Sérgio Conceição will try to make the player change his mind after he said he wouldn’t return to the club.
But the newspaper claims that interest from Newcastle United and Rennes could confirm his decision to leave, as he would be more tempted to play in the Premier League or Ligue 1.
In case Porto can’t convince Aboubakar to renew, he will be certainly sold, and that’s when the doors will be open to take him. Something around £10m should be enough for Newcastle United to sign the striker.