Date: 31st July 2018 at 5:30pm
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Lille midfielder Thiago Maia is a player that has been scouted by the club in recent months, according to the Chronicle.

The Brazilian Under 23 international has stated that he is happy to stay at the French side during an interview with Globoesporte, but his team’s financial problems could see them offload the player

Chronicle journalist Chris Waugh thinks that Lille would demand “at least the £11m” they paid Santos for the player twelve months ago, but it seems Rafa Benitez is looking for a number 10 rather than a central midfielder currently.

French media reported today that we have made a loan offer for the Brazilian with a purchase option of €25m at the end of the season.

However, it is believed that this information is incorrect with the Chronicle having reiterated that the club are not focused on a move for the player at this time. Should we make an offer for Maia? Let me know in the poll:

 

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