We haven’t heard much from Rafa Benitez for the last couple of weeks, but we are not complaining – there is a massive amount of work to do with the help of Lee Charnley to get players in over the next four weeks if possible and before preseason training starts on July 3rd.
But it seems we are going after some very decent players and have already signed Christian Atsu of Chelsea after his loan spell at the club for last season and the fee was £6.2M.
The good news is that we seem to be very close to signing 19 year-old striker Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea for the season, although the deal in not done yet.
Rafa Benitez – working hard on transfers
Newcastle also seem to be close to signing Sporting Lisbon center-back Ruben Semedo and since one of Rafa’s aims in this transfer window is to strengthen the spine of the team – there’s a striker (even if Tammy is only on loan for the season) and a center-back.
We also expect Rafa to bring in one or maybe even two central midfielders and even a goalkeeper although it looks like Pepe Reina is not coming to Newcastle this summer and will stay at Napoli for the last year of his contract there.
That’s according to his agent Manuel Garcia Quilon who said Pepe was staying at Napoli after meeting with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis yesterday to sort his future at the Italian club.
There was news today that Rafa may have turned his attention to 35 year-old Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who is being released by City and will become a free agent at the end of this month.
Maybe Rafa wants to get three or four signings through the door before he resurfaces for air and is able to be interviewed in the local press, when he usually gives out some good information.
Rafa and Lee Charnley have an awful lot of work to do not only in bringing players into the club but getting rid of as many as 17 first team players this summer.
The Newcastle playing staff will certainly be transformed come September.
Here’s the status of the transfers so far.
|Javier Manquillo||£4.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Mikel Merino||Loan - season||Borussia Dortmund|
|Transfer Fees In||£34.5M|
|Vurnon Anita||Released||Aston Villa|
|Haris Vuckic||Released||FC Twente|
|Lubo Satka||Released||FC DAC 1904 |
|Kevin Mbabu||£1.0M||Young Boys|
|Matz Sels||Loan - season||Anderlecht|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Bolton|
|Lewis Gibson||£1.0M initially||Everton|
|Daryl Murphy||£2.0M||Nottingham Forest|
|Ivan Toney||Loan - season||Wigan Athletic|
|Siem de Jong||£4.0M||Ajax|
|Grant Hanley||£3.5M||Norwich City|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Brighton|
|Achraf Lazaar||Loan - season||Benevento|
|Transfer Fees Out||£22.5M|
Howay The Lads!!