There’s still some uncertainty surrounding Newcastle’s squad, with Gini Wijnaldum expected to sign for Liverpool today and wantaway Moussa Sissoko reporting back on August 1st and making it very clear he wants to leave Newcastle just as soon as he can possibly can.
Rafa has a message today for the fans that he wants to get things sorted at Newcastle just as soon as possible.
But these transfers out are not really in his control and he has said all summer if Newcastle’s valuations are met for certain players they will be sold.
Rafa Benitez – wants squad sorted as soon as possible
Gini will leave the club today and Moussa will almost certainly also leave and the only other player who may move on is Daryl Janmaat.
That’s if a club comes in with a £10M bid for him – which is now likely given the way some Premier League clubs are spending money this summer like it’s going out of style.
This is what Rafa said today as he tries to get things under control just as soon as possible:
“We want to finish getting the squad together as quickly as possible,”
“Then we can start thinking about what we want to do with the team. You want your team to be sorted as soon as possible.”
“But at the moment, we are still having to wait and see what is going to happen with a few things.”
“Little by little we are getting there though, and we will soon be at a point where we have to start finalizing the team that will play against Fulham.”
“Soon, we will have to be saying, ‘OK, this could be the team that starts’.”
“Sissoko will report back like everybody else has, and then we will go from there.”
“We will see him on the first of August, but until then it is not really worth talking about anything because he is not here.”
Rafa still wants to bring in another striker and maybe a defender and midfield player – and he will replace Gini and Moussa Sissoko too – if the boastful Frenchman does leave the club.