Ambitious Newcastle After £42M Frenchman Plus Top Brazilian

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.

Here’s the news on that.

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.

Comment welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #1

    No thank you

  • firebug666

    May 11, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #2


    I wouldn’t worry mate, the story came from the Daily Fail, a rag not even fit to wrap fish and chips in.

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #3

    this summer is going to be one hell of a roller coaster ride
    decent sponsor shirt sales will go through the roof
    waiting list for season tickets
    rafa is without doubt the golden ticket and at long last ashley seems to get it

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #4

    stories like this will be ten a penny 2/3 new one’s a day
    simply fact is the press don’t have a clue who rafa’s after

    mind neither do we

  • firebug666

    May 11, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #5


    Your right about a roller coaster ride marra, I’m strapped in and ready. Not bothered about all the names being speculated about, but waiting for the window to open, and then that feeling when we hear a class player is on a plane to Newcastle, a photo from the training ground, so distant we all try to guess who it is.

    There are good days ahead, I’m just gonna sit back and enjoy the ride.


    May 11, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Did someone strike oil at Benton last night? I left reading 70mill and today it’s 170mill? Is Rafa printing money?

    Also spied hibbit saying the sponsor is announced today is that official?

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #7

    just a rumor but it would make sense !!!


    May 11, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Ah right would do aye is Wonga deal officially over date wise?

  • firebug666

    May 11, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Wonga are Gonga!

  • Phil K

    May 11, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah well…..our record with Frenchmen isn’t good is it ? ONE in last 20 years+ doing it regularly. The rest only the occasional game Ben Arfa a few times, Sissoko even less. Only Cabaye can hold his head up since the magic of Ginola.
    Expensive when they bought him and they’ll want as much back as possible. Loan leading to buying maybe for both. But theres others in for both


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