Matz Sels seems a strange signing for Rafa Benitez to make his first signing ever for Newcastle, but it would appear the club expects Tim Krul to move on this summer and most likely join Dutch manager Ronald Koeman at his new club, Everton.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa has been the driving force behind the Sels deal.
For a goalkeeper who was starring in the Champions League last season and was Goalkeeper of the Season last term in Belgium, the reports in Belgium are saying he’s taking a step down by joining second division Newcastle.
Matz Sels – undergoing medical at Newcastle today
But it also gives an illustration of the persuasive powers of a certain Rafa Benitez when Southampton, Leicester and Middlebrough also were in for the 24 year-old.
The other news today is that two more signings are expected to be completed by the end of this week, with hopefully the Belgium U21 International being announced as our first summer signing today.
According to what Rafa said last week, Newcastle already have a number of deals that are at an advanced stage.
We’d love to find out who the transfer targets are and who Newcastle will sign in the next week – or two weeks – but we’ll find out soon enough we suppose.
It will give a clue to fans as to the class of player Rafa can attract to the club, but the new manager must be confident he can attract some top talent, after agreeing to stay on at this sleeping giant of a club.