By the end of today we expect Newcastle to have made quite a few announcements – that Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have both been signed from Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively.
That Fabricio Coloccini has been released and will join San Lorenzo, Andros Townsend has moved to Crystal Palace and Remy Cabella has been signed by Marseille in this the first official day of the summer transfer window.
Rafa Benitez – has plenty of money still to spend
If all that happens this will be the state of the transfers so far this summer with Newcastle spending a net of only £3.7M in the transfer window – and a lot more money still available for Rafa Benitez to spend this summer.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
That’s six senior players out and three players in so far.
Three other players who could try to push for a move away are Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat.
We wouldn’t be too sad to see Moussa leave if we can get £20M for him – potentially from Liverpool – but hopefully we can keep hold of the two Dutch Internationals.
But if they are going to be a pain then sell them – and we have to then trust that Rafa can bring in decent replacements.
Then we would have players who only want to be at the club – and the squad would still be strong.
It also looks like Rafa is willing to let veteran goalkeeper Tim Krul go – probably to Everton – so Rafa is also doing a good job at managing Newcastle’s wage bill with some big money earners leaving the club.
What do you think?