There’s a report coming out of Italy that Newcastle United are interested in 19 year-old Inter-Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu, who is a rising star in Italy.
The Tuttomercatoweb report is that Newcastle want the 6ft 2ins Romanian, who is only now recovering from injury .
The teenager has made just one appearance for the Inter-Milan first team, when he played at the end of last season against Sassuolo but he is rated by the Inter club.
19 year-old Inter-Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu
The report is that Serie A club Cagliari are also interested in signing the player, but if Rafa rates Radu expect Newcastle to go after him this summer.
He could have even been tipped off about the player from contacts at the club he managed in 2010 for a while after leaving Liverpool FC.
Assuming we are back in the Premier league soon (like tonight) Rafa Benitez will definitely want to strengthen the first team squad, but he will also be keen to also strengthen the Youth side and Peter Beardsley’s U23 side.
Newcastle do have four first team goalkeeper vying for the number one spot, but that will be reduced to three this summer with Tim Krul, Matz Sels, Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow leaving the club – take your choice.
We also have a top 19 year-old England goalkeeper in Freddie Woodman out on loan and doing well at Kilmarnock at the moment.
But gone are the days when we’d say why do we need another teenage goalkeeper brought in.
It used to be even worse than that – we used to say if we had a good player in one position why do we need another player in that same position brought in?
Things have changed a lot since then – especially with Rafa now on board.
Rafa wants to have real competition at all levels at the club and in any case, with teenagers you just never know if they are going to make it and mature into top players.
It will be interesting if we can get Radu in during the summer and just how many younger players Newcastle can bring in – we have a feeling the manager will be pushing hard to improve the standards at all levels of the club.
The more competition at all levels of the club – the better it will be at Newcastle.
What do you think?