The Chronicle are reporting that Rafa Benitez is ready to sell at least eight first team players this summer and that would be in addition to players who are released, when their contracts run out at the end of the month and are not renewed.
The players the Chronicle identifies as up for sale are hardly surprising with fringe players like Siem de Jong, Henri Saivet and Emmanuel Riviere being identified as those we will try to sell this summer.
It also seems that local lad Jack Colback no longer has a future at the club and he will be sold along with more obvious candidates like Grant Hanley, Daryl Murphy, Achraf Lazaar, and Massadio Haidara.
Local lad Jack Colback up for sale
The Chronicle names these eight players as being up for sale this summer:
- Siem de Jong
- Henri Saivet
- Emmanuel Riviere
- Jack Colback
- Grant Hanley
- Daryl Murphy
- Achraf Lazaar
- Massadio Haidara
Not sure why Jesus Gamez isn’t also on that list since he hardly played last season.
And in addition the following players will not have their contracts renewed at the end of the month when they run out.
- Yoan Gouffran
- Vurnon Anita
- Sammy Ameobi
- Haris Vuckic
Goalkeeper Tim Krul is not named in the list, but he also seems to have an uncertain future at Newcastle.
Krul should bring some reasonable money into the coffers, with Rafa reported to be after a senior goalkeeper to bring in this summer who has plenty of Premier League experience.
Of course the irony in that is that’s exactly what Tim has, with over 130 PL appearances to his name for Newcastle United.
And other players would could still be moved out this summer include Kevin Mbabu, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba.
So there will certainly be a massive clear out of players this summer, as well as there being up to 8 new first team players coming through the door.
It’s going to be busy.
What do you think?