Benfica fullback Nuno Tavares has now drawn the attention from two Premier League clubs, according to reports from Portuguese newspaper O Jogo at the weekend.
It’s said that Burnley and Newcastle United both made ‘solid’ approaches for the 21-year-old in recent weeks.
The Magpies’ interest is described as ‘more intense’ than the Clarets’, as they’ve already ‘left a promise’ they will soon place a bid for Nuno Tavares.
It’s claimed this isn’t the first time that Steve Bruce’s side make an approach for the player, as they’ve done it in the past both through their scouts and through club officials.
O Jogo says that one and a half season ago, Newcastle were willing to pay €15m for him.
Nuno Tavares’ departure from Lisbon shouldn’t be complicated. First because Benfica are in need of money, as they failed to qualify for the Champions League’s knock-out stage this season, and could be out of the tournament next season as well. Also, he’s not a regular starter under Jorge Jesus.
O Jogo makes it clear there’s the competition from Napoli, but highlights the interest from Newcastle and Burnley more.
They say there are only contacts for now, but bids from either the Magpies or Sean Dyche’s side are expected to be made soon.