Back at the weekend, we’ve seen the Portuguese press bringing Newcastle United’s chase for Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes back to the surface.

It was claimed that following a rejected £10m bid in the January transfer window, the Magpies promised to return for the player in the summer.

Sporting’s reason to turn down the offers for the Brazilian has always been the low amount they’d get for the move, and there’s an interesting update on this situation today.

As reported by Record, the Lisbon side have just acquired the totality of Nunes’ rights. They only had 50% of a transfer, and now spent other €450k to get the other half from his former club Estoril.

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So that’s obviously a more profitable situation for them now, as they’d only get £5m with Newcastle’s bid in January, and would make much more this time, especially if the bid is raised.

Record also mentions that the Magpies had come for the player in January, and claim Sporting turned down the bid because they believe the player’s value will ‘substantially grow in the coming months’.

It sounds pretty clear the Lions are now preparing for the sale, and it should be a matter of finding the right price for the 22-year-old.