Rafa Benitez will scour the free agent market this summer for some signings he can make at Newcastle – and we already know that his former center-back at Liverpool, 31 year-old Daniel Agger is available this summer after seeing out his two year contract at Brondby, after he left Liverpool two years ago.
Another one of his former players – Alvaro Arbeloa – is also a free agent at Real Madrid and he played for Rafa at both Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Alvaro Arbeloa – 33 year-old Real Madrid full-back
Alvaro Arbeloa usually plays at right back but he can also play on the other side and therefore could be versatile player for us over say the next couple of years – although at 33 he may be on the fringe of older players Rafa may want to sign.
Arbeloa played 98 times with two goals for Liverpool from 2007 to 2009, after Rafa signed him from Deportivo – and he is massively experienced having played for Real Madrid 233 times with 6 goals.
But it may be a bridge too far, after such an illustrious career, to persuade a player like Alvaro to play in England’s second division, even though it may be for one season only.
Benitez will have a much better chance to persuade somebody younger, who has their career ahead of them, to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside at an early stage.
But there will also be other players that Rafa knows about, who will be available and could be brought in this summer to help Rafa build a squad that is good enough and big enough to get us promoted at the first attempt from the Championship next May.
That’s just one of the advantages of having a manager at the club who has contacts all over the world.