The Mail is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants Manchester City pair 29 year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando and 26 year-old French center-back Eliaquim Mangala,
Rafa had a positive meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley on Tuesday night and the news is that he will get big money to build a Premier League team this summer.
The Newcastle web-site has already put out a statement that Ashley will give Rafa and Lee “every last penny” for the recruitment drive this summer.
Manchester City center-back Mangala
Brazilian U20 International Fernando does not seem to have a future under Pep Guardiola and will be available this summer.
Mangala also appears that he could leave this summer and he’s been on loan at Valencia in Spain and no doubt Rafa has been kept up to date on how he’s been playing there with his Spanish contacts at a club he once managed.
The Spanish club have an option to buy Mangala this summer but as yet have not triggered their option to buy him.
Mangala has six full caps for France and was at Standard Liege and Porto before joining City in
Manchester City’s Fernando
However, Mangala cost £42M so it would be a surprise if Newcastle can come up near that amount this summer for one player.
That high cost was caused by Mangala’s split ownership at Porto, with City having to pay £18M to two companies who owned over 40% of Mangala’s economic rights.
We don’t know if that’s the case today but we doubt it, so he should come a lot cheaper than £42M – we hope he comes a lot cheaper than £42M.
But of course that’s what City paid for him three years ago so they will try to get as big a fee as they can for the 26 year-old.
With backing from Ashley there seems no doubt that Rafa will be going after some top players this summer and this is the very first time we have been linked with these two players,
So maybe Rafa is aiming much higher than most of us were thinking.