With only four appearances for Benfica this season, there’s a pretty good reason why Lisandro Lopez should be leaving the Lisbon side soon.

Even with Victor Lindelof’s departure to Manchester United, the Argentine defender has still been unable to get a starting spot in the team, and has been Rui Vitória’s fourth option in the squad.

As the Portuguese media pointed out that Newcastle United were in negotiations to land Lopez in the summer, it sounded like a pretty good opportunity to get him now, as even a January exit seems plausible.

But the Newcastle interest has never got far, at least according to the defender’s agent Gustavo Goni.

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Speaking to Sport Witness the representative said: “The truth is that about Newcastle we didn’t not know anything. At least nobody talked to us, but yes, there are several interested.”

When asked if there’s any English club in that list, he says: “Only approaches from England, no concrete offer.”

But the clubs are being kept secret for now: “I don’t like to say names when there is nothing concrete because Lisandro is a player who has his own name made in Europe. And any name that comes out can be taken as an unnecessary promotion.”

Signed on a €4m deal from Argentine side Arsenal in 2013, Lopez has a decent list of titles at Benfica, including three league trophies. So to let him leave now, the Lisbon side are likely to demand at least a couple of millions more.