Following early reports from the English media claiming Newcastle United had scouts watching Ousmane Diomande at the weekend, it’s now time for the Portuguese press to back up the news.

Newspaper Record writes that the Magpies ‘indeed’ sent an emissary to see the player in action in the Lisbon derby between Benfica and Sporting on Sunday.

The outlet claims that Arsenal and Chelsea are two other clubs who watch Diomande on a weekly basis, and Newcastle now joined the race by making a ‘report’ on his performance.

According to Record, Diomande has also been drawing approaches from Italy and German, but the ‘most likely’ destination for him is really the Premier League.

Even though the player has a contract with Sporting until 2027, there’s a renewal process going on, as his €300k yearly salary is expected to go much higher.

Regardless of his salary, his release clause is still pretty big, standing at €80m. But with Transfermarkt valuing him at €35m, Newcastle could probably end up finding a good margin of negotiation, as long as Arsenal and Chelsea don’t turn that into a big auction.