The Northern Echo are reporting today that Newcastle are now moving for Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend and Barcelona’s 19 year-old central midfielder Carles Alena, who we reported on yesterday.
Newcastle had expected to go after Townsend again this summer and invoke his £13M release clause after Newcastle were unsuccessful trying to get Andros in on loan for the second half of the season on the final day of the January transfer window, much to Rafa’s regret and even anger.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez
The news is that Rafa Benitez is now clear he wants to make a move for the talented young Alena and it will be a season long loan for the youngster as he is very highly regarded by the Barcelona club.
Carles can play in a number of different positions and is one of the brightest prospects in Spain – he can play as a number 10 or on the wing or as a central midfielder.
Arsenal have also been linked with the midfielder this year, but they would prefer to buy him now, which will not happen and it seems Rafa is willing to take the teenager on loan for the season even though he will return to Barcelona next season.
With Crystal Palace still without a manager after Sam Allardyce surprisingly left the club, Newcastle want to move quickly while things are still uncertain and we are assuming that Townsend wants to return to Newcastle after his season in London with Palace – now that we are back in the Premier League.
How quickly the move can happen with Townsend will depend on how much Andros wants to return to Newcastle and link up again with Rafa Benitez, who got the very best out him last year once the Spanish manager arrived on Tyneside in early March.
We are assuming the England International is still keen to join Rafa’s revolution on Tyneside.
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