Newcastle will bring in at least one experienced Premier League center-back this summer and we have already been linked with Hull City’s Harry Maguire, Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala.
Another experienced center-back who looks like he will be made available this summer by Jose Mourinho is Manchester United’s 25 year-old Phil Jones, according to the Independent.
Phil started his career at Blackburn Rovers – now a third division side next season in England.
He moved to the Red Devils in the summer of 2011 for a fee said to be around £16.5M and has so far played 165 for them with five goals and six assists.
Phil Jones – Red Devils center-back available
Phil could be a good buy for Newcastle because he is also a versatile player who can play at centre back, right back or as a defensive midfielder.
He has only averaged about 28 games a season for the Red Devils and the Manchester club must play around 60 games a season, but Phil has picked up a number of injuries in his time at Old Trafford.
But there is no doubt he is a good strong player who has 20 caps for England and with the coaching of Rafa Benitez could certainly be a very good player at Newcastle.
He’s certainly another top center-back who Rafa will look at this summer, as he brings in one and maybe even two center-backs to the club this summer.
And if Rafa is interested then we would expect the 57 year-old to move quickly for Jones.
Rafa has Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark as the first choice center-backs last season, but the futures of Chancel Mbemba and Grant Hanley look to be up in the air and both could be sold.
If that’s the case Rafa will need to bring in two center-backs this summer.
Maybe Harry Maguire and Phil Jones?
What do you think?