Newcastle United submit £22m ‘offer’ for Brazilian forward ahead of January transfer window

The Magpies are said to have made a move for one of South America’s most promising youngsters.

Newcastle United have made a move for Brazilian wonderkid Angelo Gabriel - according to reports in Italy.

The Magpies have been credited with an interest in the young forward throughout the last year and are reported to have watched him in action on several occasions during that time. However, the 17-year-old has also attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona and Napoli as speculation over a possible move away from Vila Belmiro continues to dominate the headlines in Brazil and Europe.

Angelo made his senior debut as a 16-year-old, just two days after penning his first proffesional contract as he came on as a late substitute in a 3-1 defeat at Fluminense in October 2020. That meant the winger became the second youngest player to represent Santos, beating Pele by eleven days and sitting behind Coutinho, a former Brazil international of the 1950s.

A first of three senior goals arrived in April last year when he scored in a Copa Libertadories win at Argentinean side San Lorenzo and the youngster is now rapidly approaching a century of appearances for Santos. His progress has captured the attention of Newcastle and one Italian journalist has now suggested the Magpies have submitted a first bid to bring the youngster to Tyneside.

Europa Calcio journalist Cristiano Abbruzzese has told AreaNapoli: “Angelo Gabriel could represent a great investment for the future. In December he will turn 18 and there is already a lot of talk about it. It would be the ideal replacement for one between (Hirving) Lozano and (Matteo) Politano if one of the two were to leave Naples. On him, however, there is the press of Newcastle that has already offered as much as 25 million euros, while Barcelona has a right of pre-emption: under these conditions, I think it is difficult for the Neapolitan club to enter the race for the talent of Santos”.

Gabriel is not the only Brazilian youngster linked with a move to Tyneside in recent months after the Magpies were credited with an interest in Vasco da Gama midfielder Andrey Santos.