Rafa About To Spring Another Surprise In The Transfer Window

I’s not the first time we have been linked with goalkeeper  Pepe Reina this summer and there is another report in the Sun today the Newcastle manager wants to bring his former goalkeeper at Liverpool and Napoli back to play in the Premier League with Newcastle United.

Rafa is a big fan of Reina, not only because he is a good goalkeeper, but the way he trains and sets a good example in the dressing room – he is a leader on and off the field.

Maybe Benitez feels that some of the goalkeepers at Newcastle such as Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot could gain from training day in and day out with the former Liverpool goalkeeper?

But it’s more likely he wants Pepe to come in and be a leader in Newcastle’s defense, which last season was a little suspect and hesitant at times.

Pepe Reina – could be signed by Rafa Benitez this summer

It’s still a surprise that Rafa is interested in bringing Reina to Newcastle, assuming the news is accurate, because this summer we will four senior goalkeepers at the club.

Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Matz Sels – as well as 20 year-old Freddie Woodman – but it looks like he’s not comfortable with either of those four?

Reina has only 12 months left on his contract at Napoli and at 34 he wouldn’t cost much and maybe he could come on a two year deal to help Newcastle get back into the top half of the Premier League and even push for a trophy over the next two years.

We watched Napoli a few times last season and Reina looked good in goal and certainly he’s very very experienced.

Rafa has already been asked by the Chronicle if he would take Reina back and this is what he said earlier this summer:

 “I think there’s nothing to say about Reina, Pepe is a great player but above all a leader in the dressing room.”

“We missed him in the year he went to Bayern Munich, now he can make a difference both on and off the pitch. Would I take him to Newcastle if he left?”

“I respect Napoli, as that’s where he is, and our club which has a lot of goalkeepers who are doing well. We need to be calm, we’ll talk to the club and decide on our targets.”

“I have a great personal relationship with Reina, he’s a great goalkeeper, but he’s at Napoli and I’m sure he’s happy there.”

It certainly seems that the Spanish goalkeeper  could make a difference at Newcastle with his leadership and that seems to be the main reason Rafa could want him.

But it would spell the end of Tim Krul’s career at Newcastle if Pepe is signed and with all these reports linking Reina with the Magpies it wouldn’t surprise us too much now if Rafa does bring Reina to Newcastle this summer.

Pepe has played 716 first class games in his career so far  over 17 seasons and he has 34 caps for Spain.

In his very first season  back in 2000-2001 he played 34 times for Barcelona when he was just 18.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Sheikh MagToon

    May 28, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Please not another old Spanish player like Games to lock development of our younger players. Krul must have more Premiership experience, certainly recently.

  • AncientC

    May 28, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Seems perfect to me. Krul has not done enough for a new contract, Elliot has gone missing in the past when he was needed the most, and by the time Sels is settled he will unlikely be any further ahead than Darlow or even Woodman.

    Reina – Darlow & Woodman fighting to replace him.

    Krul, Elliot, and Sels gone would probably recoup enough in wages to pay Reina with change left over for another squad player.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 28, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    I prefer Elliot over Krul, Darlow and Sels. With Sels being the worst. Reina coming in wouldn’t be bad but considering all the other more pressing poisitons that need attention this could be saved for last.

  • giimps

    May 28, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree JP, Elliott seems the best of what we have , Reiner coming in may reduce the need for more than 1 CB though as he acts as a sweeper keeper and controls the back line, none of our keepers do that.
    Krul was Mute, Elliott does speak but normally only at set plays, Darlow doesn’t command the box enough.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Ancient and giimps – agreed.

    A top quality keeper needed. The best keeper I’ve seen doesn’t have a great injury record that’s Butland…brilliant keeper. If not him then reina

  • AncientC

    May 28, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Elliot not being able to cover the number 2 spot sufficiently is why Alnwick had to play a few years back. The club came close to relegation that season. Relegation was finally sealed last season, same scenario, but at least Darlow did a good job when called upon. Season just past, Elliot just about got himself ready at the very end of the season.

    That is 3 seasons running that Elliot has not been manning his post when needed. I am not blaming him, but he cannot be relied upon. A good enough GK on his day though.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 28, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Really hope the news that we want Carles Aleña are true, kid is class. Would seamlessly slot into the first team.

  • JamesToon

    May 28, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Are we actually doing a rafa transfer bingo now hahaha

  • JamesToon

    May 28, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    De Jong

    Pepe Reina
    Ruben Semedo
    Eliaquim Mangala
    Luke Shaw
    William Carvalho
    Leander Dendoncker
    Tom Cairney
    Gabriel Pires
    Christian Atsu
    Andros Townsend
    Andre Gray
    Kelechi Iheanacho

  • JamesToon

    May 28, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Yedlin Lascelles Mangala Shaw
    Shelvey Carvalho
    Ritchie Cairney Townsend

  • JamesToon

    May 28, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Dreaming hahha

  • dmcclew

    May 28, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Why are you giving The Sun’s newspaper ‘rumours’ any credit at all??

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    James… I hope rafa has the same dream…

  • manxpie

    May 28, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14

    €12 mill euros supposedly would get Javier Hernandez that’s a no brainer for me

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Manx – agreed. A few interested in him.

  • Toondog2

    May 28, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #16


    Interesting ins and outs I like it
    I think Harry Maguire if fit is another potential in


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