Rafa Shows Newcastle’s New Ambition In Transfer Market

We always knew that Rafa Benitez’ standards were sky-high, so it’s not really a surprise that we are going after some very good players in the transfer market this summer.

But news yesterday that Rafa wants to bring in Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, who is an excellent defensive midfielder and he has been capped 31 times by Portugal.

Carvalho represented Portugal at the 2014 World Cup and the Euro 2016 lat year, when they beat hosts France to win the European Championship for the very first time.

Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder William Carvalho

Carvalho is just 25 and a massively experienced player having played 155 times for Sporting with 10 goals and 12 assists.

The report is in the Portuguese daily O Jogo, although they have been wrong before when reporting some of Newcastle’s proposed targets.

This player will cost some good money and the figure in his release clause is reported to be £39M, but it’s not expected clubs will pay that much for the midfielder.

There are reports that both Manchester City, Arsenal and West Brom are keen to sign Carvalho and Arsene Wenger has been keen on the player for some time now.

The Star is reporting that Carvalho is also thought to be the long term replacement for Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure at Manchester City.

Over the past few years Carvalho has been linked with some big clubs both in England and on the continent – he’s just an excellent technical  player.

The fact that we could be after Carvalho shows the ambition of Rafa Benitez for Newcastle.

The manager seems just determined to turn Newcastle United into a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League – and as early as next season too.

We love it.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 25, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Sign him up! Can’t believe he’s not been snapped up by one of the big clubs yet.

  • Budge123

    May 25, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Shire – that’s the nagging doubt in my mind. Why is he still there?

    Would be great for the club to make a big name signing and gee everyone up.
    Perhaps this is the signing that does it.

    Still only May gonna be an age before August rolls around!

  • hibbit

    May 25, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #3

    the proof of the pudding will be when the window closes not before its opened !!!!!

  • firebug666

    May 25, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #4

    There is no doubt that the club will be working hard behind the scenes on the transfer front. But nothing will or can happen until July 1st when the window opens. Deals could be done before then but until registrations are completed, July 1st and after we will not hear anything.

    Basically no teams are snapping anyone up yet, all we have is paper talk (mostly guess work or click bait) to go on.

  • cyprus

    May 25, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Bellamy and Silvestre sure leaned into Man Utd and Mourinho. Results orientation has become almost too dominant these days, I’ll agree. Football is supposed to be entertainment.

    A bit of disagreement, though: ManU didn’t always play pretty under Fergie. They had some ugly wins I could name (one against us, at extreme cost) and a few lucky ones too.

  • cyprus

    May 25, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #6

    A big compliment to Bellamy. He was one of our best players, passionate, with him we went all the way to CL. He helped Shearer big time. We got rid of him because a thug, Sounness, considered him a … thug.

    He’s articulate, seems a gentleman and makes a good pundit.

  • martoon

    May 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    cyprus – I’d put Bellamy in the category of ‘worky ticket’ rather than thug but he was a good player for us. The argument about playing style is similar to the ones on here about us last season but it worked and won us the Championship. If Rafa plays the same style next season and we win a cup or two there’ll be no complaints from me 🙂

  • Christopher Asprilla

    May 25, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    This kid is really the dogs b@ll@cks. Yes we need players everywhere but this guy is N’Golo Kante’s Portuguese cousin! Pay 30 million if he’ll come his stock will only go up. The need for attacking reinforcements is crucial but to stay up and do well you have to start from the back. Take Burnley’s example . Haven’t scored a great number of goals 39 ( which makes Gray’s 9 seem better somehow) but kept clean sheets and stayed up easily. I must admit if this one is true and please god I don’t ask for much he will be emblazoned on the back of my new top . If West Brom can nearly pull it off then surely we can. HWTL????????

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    I think this one is paper talk but what a marquee signing he would be. Would love this to happen but I can’t see it.

  • anthc

    May 25, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Would be a great signing but that’s a large portion of rafas budget, almost half I reckon not including any sales of course. We need cover there but I think we need better quality elsewhere first. I’d love to think we’ll get 3 30 mill players because we need it but my head tells me two big signings with a few squad and youth upgrades on what we have. Here’s hoping though!


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