Rafa Benitez has identified the summer targets he wants brought in to strengthen and increase the size of the Newcastle squad for the Championship next season.
According to the Chronicle today, Newcastle are still hopeful of making their first signing before a week tomorrow, when the players return for pre-season training.
Negotiations for several players are said to be in progress and we assume Lee Charnley is the man leading those negotiations for the new players. something Lee is good at.
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Rafa did mention in mid-week that it’s not easy to bring new players in – and we suppose that’s especially true for Newcastle this summer, after we took the drop in May to England’s second division.
Rafa Benitez is again expected to be very tough on those who want to leave Newcastle in the summer and he wants to keep his best players with him for the tough season ahead.
The price of players will also have increased this summer because this is the first year of the new £5.1B three year deal for the Premier League TV rights – something Newcastle are going to miss out on – at least for the first year.
Selling clubs know all about those increased funds for PL clubs and will suitably inflate their asking price for their top players.
Rafa had also mentioned a couple of weeks ago that things in the transfer market were very positive, so we assume there’s a good chance we can get a number of our targets to Tyneside.
This is what Rafa said on 9th June, the week before last, in the exclusive interview with the Chronicle:
“I can assure fans that the business we are doing at the moment and that we will be doing over the next few weeks is all aimed at making the squad stronger than it is at the moment.”
“We are very busy and things are very positive, the Euros makes things a bit difficult for every club, but as soon we can announce things about the squad we will tell our supporters.”
While talks are progressing, we still don’t really know who the targets are, although as usual Newcastle have been linked with multiple different targets.
We need a top striker and a top center-back brought in and Newcastle are also targeting experienced players with the right leadership and character to add to what is a fairly young squad at the club right now.
Finally it will be interesting to see if Rafa can hold onto Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum this summer.
The experienced manager may simply tell the two players they are going nowhere and have to help the club get promoted this season, after they were part of the squad who got the club relegated.
They have to start to think of the club and not just themselves.
That would work.