Newcastle plotting £26million move for Russia World Cup star Mario Fernandes this summer
- Newcastle are eager to bolster their defence in the summer transfer window
- Mario Fernandes has starred this season at right-back for CSKA Moscow
- Newcastle see him as ideal replacement for DeAndre Yedlin & Javier Manquillo
Newcastle are eyeing an ambitious £26million move for CSKA Moscow defender Mario Fernandes this summer.
Rafa Benitez is eager to bolster his defence in the transfer window as Newcastle look to improve on their 13th-placed finish in the Premier League next season.
And according to the Mirror, Newcastle view the Russian international as the ideal replacement at right-back for DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo.
CSKA Moscow defender Mario Fernandes has attracted interest from Newcastle
Fernandes has been a mainstay in defence for CSKA this season in the Russian top-flight, making 34 appearances and playing a part in 10 goals.
The Magpies are hoping the opportunity of playing in the Premier League will attract Fernandes to England.
However, they do face competition from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid this summer.
Fernandes enjoyed a successful World Cup for hosts Russia last summer as they reached the quarter-final stage, before crashing out to Croatia on penalties.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is looking to bolster his defence in the summer transfer window
The 28-year-old featured five times for Russia at the World Cup, scoring once and providing one assist.
A move for Fernandes though could rely on whether Benitez stays at St James’ Park this summer.
He is due to sit down with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley as the two parties attempt to agree a contract extension for the Spaniard.
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