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Newcastle United linked with a move for Pepe


Newcastle United have been linked with a summer move for Porto winger Pepe.

What’s the news?

According to a recent Twitter post from journalist Jeremias Wernek, the Porto attacker is on the Toon’s radar in terms of a potential summer transfer swoop.


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Wernek also added that the Magpies “may present an official proposal in the coming days.”

After starting his career in Brazil, the 25-year-old made his move from Gremio to his current club during the previous summer transfer window.

During his time at Gremio, the winger found the net 26 times and delivered 15 assists in 117 appearances, highlighting the attacking talent he has at scoring goals and creating them for his teammates.

With 42 appearances across all competitions under his belt for Porto, the Brazilian scored six goals and delivered six assists.

To further highlight his attacking prowess, the winger racked up 23 shots at goal and 19 crosses in the 28 league games he played in, as well as an average of 1.3 dribbles per game.

From a defensive point of view, the Brazilian made 12 interceptions and won 13 tackles, showing just how useful he can be with and without the ball.

Newcastle’s next Saint-Maximin

As a fairly young winger making a name for himself abroad, Pepe could well be seen as Newcastle’s potential next version of Allan Saint-Maximin.

Having scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in 74 appearances for OGC Nice, the Frenchman has gone on to find the net 12 times and supply 16 assists for the Toon since his £16.5m move back in 2019.

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With 4.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season, it’s clear to see where the winger’s talents are and where Pepe would need to focus on if he were to be the club’s next version of their star winger.

Given how the duo have both shown how capable they are of scoring and creating goals, should Newcastle end up signing the Porto talent and getting him on the pitch alongside Saint-Maximin, this could be a mouth-watering prospect for the Toon.

Moving forward, with the attacker having a reported release clause of £43m in his contract at Porto, the Tyneside club should definitely consider making a move to sign Pepe this summer and see if he can replicate the same sort of impact that Saint-Maximin has had on the team since his arrival.

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