The signing of Matz Sels yesterday for around £5M with the expected signing of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle for £10M today and Bournemouth’ midfielder Matt Richie for £12M maybe tomorrow – has caused season ticket sales to soar again on Tyneside, according to a report in the Chronicle this morning.
That’s an outlay of £27M on three players in possibly three days – and it shows the real intent of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle to build a strong team for next season.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
Working together closely to get the job done at Newcastle
Newcastle are expected to get £13M for Andros Townsend when he moves to Crystal Palace, although there are some rumors – probably unfounded – that he wants to stay on Tyneside.
And tomorrow the £7.3M deal to take Remy Cabella to Marseille will be officially transacted as the transfer window officially opens up for the summer.
So our total net outlay will be only around £7M so far this summer.
Our first home game of the Championship season is on Saturday, August 14th at St. James’ Park against Huddersfield Town and it is now expected to be a sell-out with over 52,000 in attendance.
That game will not be televised live on TV, unlike our first game at Fulham on 6th August.
Dwight Gayle is reported to have passed his medical yesterday and then was seen having a tour of St James’ Park with his representatives with the deal due to be announced this morning once all the loose ends are tied up – so to speak.
The arrival of Gayle, goalkeeper Matz Sels and potentially Matt Ritchie – due in Newcastle today for his medical – has resulted in another boost in season ticket sales at St James’ Park.
There is big momentum and belief growing on Tyneside that we will be able to get back at the first attempt to the Premier League next May.
And Rafa Benitez’ ambitions for the future of Newcastle United seem to be sky-high.
This all sounds good to us – sounds very very good to us.