Rafa Benitez is in the middle of a clear-out at Newcastle, something that is well overdue and it’s good that we finally have somebody who is willing to make the tough choices to return the Newcastle squad to a competitive one – with a lot of the deadwood moved out.
Rafa did offer Steven Taylor a one year deal, but it was reported to be heavily based on incentives and probably on the number of games he played.
And since the 30 year-old has been struggling with chronic injuries for the last six years, it’s hardly surprising that Steven has chosen to move on after 21 years at his his home town club and 12 years in the first team.
Fabricio Coloccini – will leave this summer
And we have to think it’s almost a certainty that Rafa will also move Fabricio Coloccini out of the club this summer.
That’s especially true after Colo has made it known once again that we wants to join San Lorenzo in Buenos Aries, the team he was on loan at early in his career when he was at AC Milan.
That’s also the city where his kids are residing now and have been for over three years now.
This is some of what Colo said on San Lorenzo AM360 this week:
“I want to return to Argentine football.” “There is always the idea of returning and now I have heard that I could come back soon.”
“But I want to respect the people of Newcastle for everything they gave me.”
That’s a good way of initiating the dialog that will see him leave – and we wouldn’t be surprised if he is made a free agent to allow him to leave and finally be back with bis kids in Argentina.
It was a huge mistake by Steve McClaren to give him another year at Newcastle last summer.
With doubts about Moussa Sissoko staying on at Newcastle, it could be that Rafa brings in one of his former players to be the captain for next season, with Newcastle recently being linked with his former Liverpool and Real Madrid right back Alvaro Arbeloa.
Alvaro would bring a wealth of experience to Newcastle and not least a winning mentality to offset the losing mentality we have built up over the last couple of seasons.
And assuming Remy Cabella is a done deal to Marseille for around £6.3M (€8M), to be completed on July 1st, here’s the transfer business we have done so far.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
We estimate that with three players released and one player sold, Newcastle have saved at least £6M a year on the wage bill and if Colo moves out that will be over £9M.