Benitez Could Negotiate Player Exchange Deal For Wijnaldum


Rafa Benitez could potentially do a deal with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for a player exchange deal for Gini Wijnaldum with cool cash as well as some players going to Newcastle in exchange for the 25 year-old Dutch International.

We had mentioned earlier today that Lucas Leiva could potentially end up at Newcastle, although there is news that he could be linked with a move to Galatasaray, who are reported ready to swoop for the 29 year-old defensive midfielder.

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29 year-old Brazilian Lucas Leiva

Rafa brought Lucas to Liverpool in 2007 when he was the manager there.

The other player we could be linked with in a part exchange deal is Jon Flanagan, the 23 year-old full-back.

Flanagan was injured for the first half of last season, but came back in December and then found his opportunities in the first team limited.

He has been compared with former Brazilian captain and full-back Cafu, because of his speed, strength and determination on the ball and Cafu himself has said Jon “has everything required to be one of the best full-backs in the world”.

Flanagan has had a number of injuries since making his debt for his home town club in the Premier League against Manchester City at Anfield on 11th April 2011, when he was just 18.

There are also younger players Rafa could be interested in from the Reds and they include 18 year-old  Ovie Ejaria and 17 year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold, both very good midfielders but the chances of getting them from Jurgen Klopp as part of a deal seems slim at best.

But Newcastle need good players this summer and getting them in part exchange deals for Gini Wijnaldum and maybe for Moussa Sissoko, after he returns next week from his summer break, could be a good way of further strengthening the Newcastle squad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome – but please respect the views of others and don’t attack other readers simply because of their different opinions – the world would be a dull place if we all had the same views.



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73 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #1

    would rather just have the cash. lucas is past his best and flanagan isn’t that good

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Springy,

    Hopefully they do go and then replaced with better players. I’d presume De Jong is on a decent wage with us, it could prove difficult to find a club willing to take the risk on him aye. Im sure there was some interest in him a couple of weeks back but I cannot remember which club it was.

    Bobby,

    What a passionate post. Lets hope your right. Would you keep him here even though he may not get the game time to build on his progress last year? Championship is his next test I think but I don’t want to see him banging goals in for a club and chasing us. It’s always a possibility.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda

    I agree marra 100%

    I read and posted earlier today, that Newcastle are remaining calm over the interest in Wini, and will want offers in excess of £27 million.

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  • scout

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Flanagan not that good? We have Dummett ffs.
    He’s streets ahead of him.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Think I’d rather see them take the cash and reinvest. Don’t really know much about the players linked there.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #6

    If we are to do a player exchange then at least get a decent one like Joe Allen.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Give us 12 million and Allen and it will be a canny bit of business

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  • Belfast

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Flanagan: Yes
    Lucas: No

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Flannagan is no better than Dummet. As for Lucas, no way.

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  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa lives in West Kirby so he has fantastic links at Liberpool football club !
    What !!!!
    The club doesn’t even have the same owners !!!!!
    Our Toon
    yer a pilloch

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  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Liverpool even

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #12

    A fit Flanagan would be worth having, always good to have someone who can play both full back positions too. However given our past/current experiences with injury prone players, especailly in defence, it would probably be better to just take the cash if possible.

    Lucas maybe as a replacement for Tiote if he goes, would do for a season or 2 maybe?

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  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Hang on a sec Ed

    Rafa doesn’t particularly want to sell Wijnalduum but as the lad probably wants away and Liverpool reportedly want him, then Rafa’s in a position to dig in over the player(s) he wants as part of any deal.

    If Liverpool or any other club that wants him, then it becomes a case of if they really want him, then they pay what’s asked in cash plus a permanent move for the player of Rafa’s choice as part of any deal.

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  • magicmac

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I think they should try and get Danny Ings from Liverpool in part exchange, he has experience of the championship and premier league with Burnley, and is a very good striker, and scored a lot of goals in the championship and premier league with Burnley, in my humble view its an no brainer, and other Newcastle fans agree? HWTL.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #15

    toon prodigy
    thats the thing,sdj wont be someone clubs are looking at….been injured constantly and a big wage,as well as aclub wanting him you have to think they may offer nowhere near what he’s on now….unless you cut him loose and take the hit…theres not much chnce of him leaving till he’s been fit for a while and played games.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon prodigy. I’m pleased you can see the difference between passion and anger – others stuggle with it. Yes, I’d love him to stay because once 100% fit he wouldn’t be held back, he’d be playing. Right now, he hasn’t played since getting injured playing for England, so he needs time. Once back to full fitness I don’t see who would keep him out, so he would get chance to progress on last season. This time in the Championship. I’d love him to fight for his place here because I believe he’d prove himself and get games. You have to keep players moving forward and that means if he’s loaned it’s to a rival, which might haunt us later. I just want him to be given a chance. Not for me, but for the Toon, because that’s what really matters.

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  • tynesidetommo

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Naturally I respect Ed’s view but this is ridiculous potentially

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #18

    bobby
    just in case there was confusion before,i dont rate rivie more then arma,but i said rivie may stay due to fact him and mitro are similar players in size and play,so i believe unless we sign a another player of similar presence i expect rivie to stay as a mitro back up as it were….not sure if you meaning me in your earlier comment,if not no worries.

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Wtf? Either Joe Allen or Danny ings wouldn’t take anything less.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    dont want either of the players mentioned in the liverpool deal,lucas was never anything special,rather thought he was lucky to get the games he did,and we have a load of c/m now,and flanagan is’nt he another perma-crock,myt be wrong but we dont need these two players.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #21

    was’nt joe allen about sign for swansea during the euro’s?….thought i heard a commentator say that.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib he doesn’t live in West kirby so stop making yourself look like an idiot (probably too late for that).

    Magic mac Ings would be great but apparently Klopp rates him highly and he is well liked at the club. He has looked very sharp in pre season already so there’s no chance he is leaving I’m afraid.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #23

    It actually sounds like it’s been made up to be honest.

    Surely they would have just offered us Ibe + cash when we were apparently interested?

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Springy
    Having Rivi as a back up to Mitro is one of the problems that have scurged the club.
    Rivi is simply not good enough mate and never has been.we wasted was it 6 mill on a winger and tried to convert him into a Cf…. Which clearly hasn’t worked.
    I can’t see Rafa making the same mistakes as previous managers before him.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Springy, behave yersen marra, you’re far more sensible to rate Rivierre over Arma! 😉

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Springy,

    Your reet aye. It could prove difficult to offload him. If we get the opportunity though this window I’d move him on sooner rather than later. It’s a shame aswell because he does have a good footballing brain if he can get upto speed and stay fit. His luck is shocking though.

    Bobby,

    Nout would please me more than to see a local lad do well. As you say though, price tags will be given priority right now over him. He seems a confident lad like, he has stated if he gets the chance he will take it. If he stays we will have to wait until some injuries occur or maybe he gets a shot off the bench for the last 20 mins. I get the feeling Perez is before him though. It’s a tough one because we are playing in the Chamionship this season. I think if he blew that league up with another club and we struggled a bit up top we’d look a bit daft haha. Great for him personally and the future of NUFC.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #27

    jazzyp
    im just saying as it stands now,i would like another striker to replace rivie,but the fact is,it has’nt yet…and he is the closest in physique to mitro….i maybe proved wrong and he’s sold tomorrow but i think rafa likes the idea of two for every position,similar players or positions and he’s it for now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #28

    bobby
    not many times in my life i’ve been called sensible…but where arma and rivie are concerned….it was a must!lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Springy
    I hope pal that Rafa see’s what we have all seen in the stands since Rivi has been at the club…. And that he’s been another of Carrs failures.
    A lot of chatter on Diafro from West Ham.A very similar player to Gayle ??
    Who knows pal…I just hope we don’t make the same mistakes of seasons gone by

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon prodigy, right now, due to circumstances, they-re all ahead of Arma, so it’s for Arma to show them how wrong they are. Perez had a good first season, but last season I thought he was very poor. Strikers are all about goals. Arma scores equally as well with either feet and that puts him ahead of the others for a start. One on ones he’s lethal. He can score from 20, 40, 50 yards even. His main strength though is running the channels. His first 15 yards are electric, which leaves defenders trailing, and his finishing is sublime. He is confident because he knows that given a chance he will take it with both hands, yet he’s very level headed. Once he’s in the team, watch the goals flow. 😉 And size means nothing. Plenty of upper body strength and difficult to shift off the ball.

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib

    For most of last season I and the entire blog knew that while you were banging on endlessly about Tufty and his team being world class coaches etc. etc.; with a stream of badly argued posts that we will never go down; and whinging on about anybody who thought differently being negative… that you were hopelessly and laughably wrong every time you pressed the submit button.
    Some things just don’t change.
    Know nowt ? It’s your stock childish response.
    I’m glad I don’t know what you know about football that is for sure.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Bobby,

    Well if he scores goals he will have to be left in the team. My only concern is will he be given this chance this season. If not then he has to go out on loan I think. No good giving him 5 minutes here and there. What about the Scottish Prem? Could he go there for 6 months? Just a thought. Pretty simular level to the championship maybe.

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  • hibbitt

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #33

    i would take Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan for Gini Wijnaldum
    but it won’t happen

    if we are offered £25m take it the kid does not want to play for us sell him no matter how good or bad he is
    just remember he does not want to be here
    thats enough of a reason

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Very harsh . The squad last season was unbalanced to the point that it was incapable of performing as anticipated by many on here. In hindsight, the early successes of Carr were a disaster in the long term. He gained more and more influence and his successful signings became more infrequent. Without Cabaye, Ba, and the earlyf Tiote and Cisse the “model” would have been ditched a long time ago.The squad isn’t just not performing at Newcastle though, it’s unbalanced to the point it’s virtually incapable of performing as required. In hindsight, the early successes of Graham Carr were a disaster for the club in the long term as he gained more and more influence and his successful signings became more and more infrequent. Perhaps without Cabaye, Ba, and the early form of Tiote and Cisse he would have been binned a long time ago. Carr is clearly being directed and monitored by Benitez but I wonder if he has had any significant influence in the earlier scouting of players now signed. Certainly having watched Ritchie and Gayle a few times they always looked good to try to sign.
    Was Carr watching the Domestic market I suspect not because we told the dabs forum we wouldn’t be relegated.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 18, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #35

    The only swap deal I’d accept is Coutinhio for Curtis Good. Seems about as plausible as swapping Wijnaldum for Flannagan

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Lee Clark could take him to Kilmarnock for 6 months maybe.

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  • hibbitt

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon-Prodigy
    6 months in La Liga would do him the world of good

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #38

    TP, wherever he goes, or stays, he’ll score goals. As a fan, i think we’d be crazy to let him go, fit or not. I reckon if Rafa gets to see what he can do in person, he’ll keep him on. It’s our loss if he doesn’t. Anyway, got a massive form to fill in so maybe speak later. 😉

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Hibbit,

    Benitez should know some decent clubs over there for him.

    Bobby,

    Catch ya later.

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  • carl

    Jul 18, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Yo-yo
    You had a good Euro championship with your heart ruling your head early doors. Most of us didn’t think Wales would make the semi Final stage but as a fan you wanted to believe it could happen. As a fan we often play the game of “the wish promoting the thought”. Personally I thought after the Chelsea game that we were probably down.

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