BENFICA are claimed to be worried that Newcastle will trigger Enzo Fernandez’s mammoth £105million release clause.
The 21-year-old was named Young Player of the Tournament at the World Cup after helping Argentina to glory in Qatar.
His showings added to interest that was there before the tournament thanks to his stellar performances for Benfica.
Although the same newspaper claims there are fears the mega-rich Magpies could trigger his release clause.
Benfica president Rui Costa recently declared no players would be sold for below their release clauses.
But should Newcastle stump up the cash, the Portuguese outfit would be powerless to letting him leave.
Costa previously insisted: “We have the sole objective of having a winning season, no player will leave – unless it is due to the clause – which at this moment is fundamental for the squad.
“What I can promise our supporters is what I did at the beginning of the year. This is a sporting project, not a financial one.
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“Fortunately, we are not experiencing financial problems and we have no need to sell players.”
The Magpies are reported to be on the hunt for a midfielder, and Howe was questioned about Fernandez following the World Cup.
And he responded: “I’m aware of him, and I know him.
“But I think the transfer fee might be quite lumpy.”