Rafa Benitez has talked to the local press about what is likely to be some activity in the January transfer market although exactly how many players he is thinking of bringing in is still not clear.
Rafa says there are certain positions he wants to strengthen next month, but he also knows he will lose four players to the African Cup of Nations in early January for maybe up to six weeks and that seems to have come into his thinking too.
Those players who may play in the African Cup of Nations include Achraf Lazaar, Mohamed Diame, Chancel Mbemba, Christian Atsu and maybe even Cheick Tiote, although that’s unlikely.
Rafa Benitez – looking at certain positions
This is what Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“If we have to bring somebody in, we have to keep it in our heads that we will lose maybe four players for the African Cup of Nations.”
“We are looking for players in a certain position.” “I have analysed with the staff and we can manage if we don’t find the right player.”
“But obviously we will try to improve the squad.”
From all accounts finances are not a problem at the club and there is money Rafa can spend in the upcoming transfer market after we made £31M profit over the summer.
But as always in January it will depend on who is available and clubs are generally unwilling to let good players go half way through the season.
Some players whose contracts run out in June, such as 23 year-old Leeds left-bank Charlie Taylor are those that Rafa could go after.
The selling clubs are generally willing to sell in January and get something for them before they become free agents in the summer.
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