Newcastle United keen on £35m-rated Benfica man Florentino Luis


Newcastle United have made an enquiry about Florentino Luis, according to the Daily Mail.

The Benfica starlet is one of a number of exciting prospects in European football at the moment and looks like he could be on the move this summer.

The 20-year-old is a midfielder with a growing reputation in Portugal after making 29 appearances for his club.

Nicknamed 'the octopus', Luis is renowned for his athletic ability as he breaks up play in central areas before turning defence into attack with his box-to-box play.

Progress from Newcastle United's end is thought to be slow, however, with the ongoing takeover situation meaning that no decisions can yet be made.

This has opened the door for a number of other clubs to make a move, with Leeds United and Manchester City among those to have monitored his progress.

AC Milan are also said to be keen and have held discussions over a season-long loan deal with an obligation to sign the midfielder for £35million next summer.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Like everything else on Tyneside at the moment, this looks like a move that will be dictated by the takeover uncertainty.

With the £300million deal yet to be ratified, it leaves a huge amount of uncertainty at St James' Park with regards to both incoming and outgoing transfer deals.

Florentino Luis is undoubtedly a top talent, so it's no surprise that Newcastle United would be keen.

The issue is whether the club will be able to compete with the competition with everything up in the air.

The hope is that Luis will still be available when a decision is made, otherwise he could be another player that the club miss out on.

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