Rafa Benitez After Another Spanish Defender

The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is after one of his former players again – this time it’s the Middlesbrough Spanish U21 center-back Daniel Ayala.

Rafa Benitez signed the youngster back in 2007 for Liverpool after Daniel had just turned down a contract offered by Sevilla.

The news is that Newcastle have enquired about the availability of the defender who has played 101 times for north-east club, but have been told it will cost a lot to sign the Spaniard.

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Daniel Ayala – massive fee asked by Middlesbrough

Daniel was in excellent form last season for Middlesbrough and manager Aitor Karanka will not want to lose one of his best players after just being promoted to the Premier League.

It will be interesting what The Smoggies would want for the 25 year-old and the Mail is reporting they have put a fee of £15M on the head of the 25 year-old, which is a way of saying they don’t want to sell him.

If Rafa thinks he’s that good then Newcastle could offer good money for him but £15M for somebody untested in the Premier League seems a lot.

And the news is the fee has put Newcastle off – which was Middlesbrough’s intention in the first place – and who can blame them?

Rafa has been given cash to bring in new players this summer, with Rafa said to be wanting about five or six new players in the squad.

And any player he does sell this summer, he can use that cash to buy players with.

What do you think?

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