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Newcastle Can Cross This Rafa Off The List

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We were linked with Benfica left winger Rafa Silva about six weeks ago primarily through the comments of his agent.

Silva’s agent Araujo had made the following comments in early May to the Portuguese radio station Radio Renascenca’s Bola Branca show: “They – Newcastle – are one of those teams interested,” “Whatever happens, will happen.

Now, the main focus is to be a Champion in Portugal.” “Benfica know what Rafa (Silva) wants in terms of a new contract, so we are waiting calmly.” “I think it’s going to happen because there is a will from the club and there is Rafa’s will as well.” “The player is well at Benfica, now he wants to see his salary situation go to what he [feels he] really represents for Benfica.” Well, it looks like those comments were made to the press to put a bit of pressure on Benfica to offer Silva a new contract.

It looks like it may have worked as yesterday the Portuguese club tweeted out the following: If Newcastle were truly interested in the player it will be very costly now.

Silva’s contract has been extended for 3 years to 2024 and now includes an €80M release clause.

This target was always tenuous at best but he certainly was an exciting player to be linked with.
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