The Sun is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is interested in another Arsenal player after his signing of Isaac Hayden last summer has been so successful with Isaac Hayden continuing to improve under the Spanish manager’s guidance.
This time it’s Arsenal 19 year-old 6ft 2ins center-back Kristopher da Graca as the news is the Spaniard is lining up a move for the youngster this summer.
Kristopher da Graca – 19 year-old Arsenal defender
Da Graca can also play at right back and the news is that he has been told he can leave the London club in the summer – his contract will not be renewed – and Rafa seems interested in signing the teenager.
It’s little wonder that Newcastle could be interested in de Graca since he will become a free agent and could be signed for a nominal fee.
Newcastle are always interested in signing young talent and that policy has become even more important since Rafa arrived at the club and he can use his many contacts throughout Europe to bring in the best young players to Newcastle.
Da Graca has been interesting PSG and we would expect Rafa and Lee Charnley behind the scenes to be working on targets to go after this summer, as we try to get promoted and become a Premier League club again.
And while it seems that some big transfer money will be available in the summer by owner Mike Ashley, Newcastle will always try to pick up some bargain buys as we did last summer.
This is what it says about de Graca on the Arsenal web-site:
“Strong defender Kristopher was able to show his promise last season after enduring an injury-disrupted debut year at the club following his move from Swedish side Hisingsbacka in 2014.”
“The central defender made the majority of his appearances for the under-18s, but he also broke into the under-21 setup and made six appearances for Steve Gatting’s side.”
“Naturally suited to a central role, ‘Kris’ has demonstrated his versatility by impressing at right back and the Sweden youth international will be hoping to carry on his steady progress this year.”
Born January 16, 1998
Squad Number: 42
So he just turned 19 last month and he could be one for Peter Beardsley’s development squad at least initially, although Rafa may make him part of the first team squad immediately, once he’s taken a look at him in training.
What do you think?