Newcastle United’s chase for Sporting defender Ousmane Diomande continues to get big attention from the Portuguese media, and it’s Jornal de Notícias who cover it today.

The newspaper claims the Magpies ‘do not give up’ on signing the Lions’ player before the end of the month, and ‘are preparing an offer’ for him.

It’s said there’s the possibility that Newcastle officials will soon go to Lisbon, although Sporting ‘already made it clear’ that they won’t let him go for less than the €80m release clause.

Record takes claims from the English media to point out that the Magpies are in need of ‘liquidity’ due to Financial Fair Play, and that’s why they may not be able to pay that amount.

Sporting are top of the Portuguese league table and already made it clear they will not negotiate for their star’s departure. That’s why the Magpies shouldn’t count on a discount for Diomande.

The Lions only spent €7.5m to sign Diomande from FC Midtjylland last year, and Newcastle should be prepared to spend over ten times that now.