Newcastle are in a strong position financially at the moment having made around £31M in the transfer market last summer and manager Rafa Benitez will have money to spend in the January transfer market, as he tries to further improve the Newcastle squad.
It’s not surprising that other clubs will be interested in quite a few of the Newcastle players who have been in form this season and they include 22 year-old captain Jamaal Lascelles and 24 year-old former stand-in captain Jonjo Shelvey.
Both players have been at the top of their game in recent months and Jamaal is interesting Chelsea and Jonjo Shelvey is starting to interest a number of Premier League clubs.
The London club are reported to be willing to pay out £18M for the young Newcastle captain.
Rafa Benitez – will not sell top players
Jonjo has finally become consistent in a Newcastle shirt under Rafa Benitez’ guidance and has been in his best form over the last couple of months and starts every game for the Magpies.
Newcastle are no longer a selling club with Rafa Benitez in charge and those were some of the conditions Rafa laid out before agreeing to sign on permanently at the club on May 25th, even though Newcastle were relegated.
Look for Rafa to bring in some talented players over the January transfer window and only sell those players who may be superfluous at the moment, but none of those will be Newcastle’s top players.
Rafa sees both Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey as key players as he tries to build a team that can challenge for the Premier League in coming seasons.
One player who may leave Newcastle in January is Frenchman Yoan Gouffran who has been at the club for four years since he was signed from Bordeaux and his contract runs out in June.
Lille have been interested in the player for over a year now and they could sign him in January depending on whether Rafa will let him go.
Rafa could well decide to keep the 30 year-old for the rest of the season to help with our promotion drive until he becomes a free agent in the summer.
Things have changed big time at Newcastle since Rafa Benitez walked through the door.