Report Rafa Benitez Now After New Goalkeeper Target

It looks like Newcastle and Rafa Benitez will miss out on Pepe Reina who last night was reported to be staying at Napoli for the final year of his two year contract at the Italian club.

If that report in is true it will be interesting to see if Rafa continues to look a for an experienced goalkeeper to bring into the squad for next season.

35 year-old Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero

And there’s news in the Times today that Rafa is looking at signing Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who was recently released by Manchester City.

Caballero signed on at City three years ago from Malaga for £6M and last season won the number one goalkeeper jersey from Claudio Bravo and played 26 times for the City first team.

He looked a good experienced goalkeeper when we watched him and now he’s a free agent at the end of June so wouldn’t cost much.

But Willy turns 36 in September and is about a year older than Pepe Reina, but we suppose goalkeepers can play these days until they are 40.

That’s right isn’t it?

It does look like Rafa wants to bring in an experienced goalkeeper this summer and it therefore appears that Tim Krul’s days at Newcastle are numbered.

Newcastle currently have  Tim, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Matz Sels as senior keepers at the club and if Rafa does bring in a new goalkeeper then it’s likely that Tim Krul and Matz Sels would be sold this summer.

But there just seems to be an awful lot of transfer business to be done by Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley  in the weeks ahead and pre-season starts four weeks come next Monday.


That’s not a lot of time to get the bulk of the transfer business done – at least for those players coming into the club.

But there again Rafa and Lee showed then can work famously together in getting deals done for the club, so we hope they can do it once again for Newcastle this summer.

Wonder if Rafa ever sleeps much and if he does it’s a good bet he dreams about football.


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