Two days ago there was a report in the Mirror that Rafa Benitez had met with Andros Townsend on Monday and told the in-demand winger that Newcastle were willing to give him a new contract to get him to stay at the club.
There are a number of clubs after Townsend, with Crystal Palace said to be in the lead, but West Ham and Southampton are also said to be interested.
The report on Monday indicated that after meeting with Benitez, Townsend had said he would be willing to stay on Tyneside.
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The Chronicle is reporting today that he said he would consider staying on Tyneside – which is a little different.
It looks like Andros has not yet fully committed to staying and will keep his options open in case a big offer comes in from another club.
The release clause in his con tract is anywhere from £8M to £13M, but the local papers are saying it’s £13M and that makes sense to cover the £12M we are said to have paid Tottenham for him.
Andros is much more likely to stay, with Benitez having committed his future to Newcastle next season in the second division.
Unfortunately, it seems like Newcastle will be vulnerable to losing some of their top players until the end of August, which is not the ideal situation, but that’s one of the bad consequences when a club is relegated.
Benitez has the final decision on all incoming and outgoing transfers at St James’ Park and got agreement from the club that he didn’t have to sell any of his good players this summer.
But there will still be offers coming in and some players like Moussa Sissoko and probably Gini Wijnaldum will want to fly the coop.
If Rafa wants to keep a player he and Newcastle will do their utmost to keep the player – but we’ll have to wait until the end of August before we find out who does leave – and that’s not a good situation to be in.
What do you think?