If we can get Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba signed this week, then Newcastle are making good progress on strengthening the side this summer, but we will still need to bring in one more striker and one more center-back.
Fab Coloccini – could be leaving Newcastle this summer
We are said to be in with a chance of signing Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and Newcastle are interested in Schalke’s Joel Matip and Ajax central defender Joel Veltman.
If Newcastle can get two center-backs in, we still have Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Jamaal Lascelles and Curtis Good – so at least two of them will be sold.
The way Newcastle will look at it to get the best deal they can, and maybe it’s between Coloccini, Mike Wilkinson and Steven Taylor – and all three have contracts that end next summer.
Coloccini gets £60K/week, so he is very likely to be sold to reduce the wage bill, and then it would probably be Steve McClaren’s choice as to who he keeps between Taylor and Williamson.
Mike turns 32 in November and Steven turns 30 in January, but the Whitley Bay lad also picks up a lot of injuries, although he played well in Sacramento on Saturday night.
It looks like Mitrovic will be announced as a Newcastle player today, and we just didn’t think we could get the 20 year-old through the door. but it looks like we were wrong.
He will be a terrific signing if it goes through, and he was certainly relaxed and all smiles when he arrived at Newcastle airport yesterday.
In Belgium they reported he was smiling from ear to ear when he arrived at Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic arriving by private jet yesterday
If we can get another striker through the door like Charlie Austin or Bas Dost, then we think Newcastle will sell Papiss Cisse.
They will try to get as much as they can for him, but with Papiss now fully fit again, he could have a big season for us next season.
We’d still like to keep him, but if two top strikers come in this summer, that seems unlikely.
What do you think?