Newcastle United and Benfica have held a meeting for the transfer of Darwin Nunez, according to claims from Portugal.

Mais Futebol reports that Eagles president Rui Costa had a conversation with Magpies’ head of scouting Steven Nickson about the 22-year-old.

It’s claimed Benfica told Newcastle they’re not willing to sell the striker for less than €50m. The Lisbon side would also only like to negotiate the player’s exit in the summer.

Mais Futebol, however, doesn’t say if the Magpies’ intention would be to sign the player in January or at the end of the season, or how much they’re willing to offer for the move.

Darwin Nunez has been doing pretty well for Benfica in the past couple of seasons, and a result of that he’s been linked to several Premier League sides since last summer.

Newcastle United interest has been reported more recently, following the club’s takeover, right after the player shined in the Champions League with goals against Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

It’s worth pointing out that Nunez is protected by a €150m release clause, so if Benfica really want to hold him for longer, they are very able to do so.