Tuesday August 6 2019
Newcastle beat Genoa to Maia?

Newcastle United are reportedly ahead of Genoa in the race to sign Lille midfielder Thiago Maia.

Genoa appeared to be closing in on a €7m deal for 50 percent of Maia’s playing rights, but claims Newcastle have dived in with a better offer.

The website stresses the Grifone still have time to hit back with a superior proposal, although they are currently in the midst of tying up Lasse Schone’s arrival from Ajax.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have been linked with a multitude of midfielders this summer but only have until Thursday to bring one in.

The 22-year-old won Olympic gold with Brazil in 2016 and moved to Lille for €14m a year later.

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