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Benitez Now Certain To Move This Player Out This Summer

9:52 am, Saturday, June 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 2 Comments

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.

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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£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie £10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar £3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - seasonAjax
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - JanuaryBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Fabricio Coloccini · Financials · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Transfer News and Rumours

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // Jun 4, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    The sooner this happens the better, it’s dragging on too long. Surely if he wants to go that badly, we can just let him go? He can’t seriously be expecting the contract he signed to be paid up? If he won’t just walk away, then he’s causing all the problems himself and deserves a year in the wilderness. Hope this isn’t the case. He’s served us well but could ruin his time here even more.

  • 2 anthc // Jun 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I’m sure Steven Taylor is a cockney and moved up here when he was a kid. A good servant to the club just wasn’t quite good enough at the top level.
    I hope colo goes sooner rather than later, his cries and whines for home are getting on my wick tbh.

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