Newcastle have still only signed one player – Christian Atsu – this summer and it will be critical that we sign say three more players before preseason starts in 9 days time.
This is not dissimilar to last year, when we signed Matz Sels on July 29th the day after preseason started and then Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie both were signed in the next couple of days – two Premier League players.
It seems Rafa and Lee Charnley had set that up so they signed the players for a full preseason of training to get our new players into the swing of things.
There are clear signs Rafa and Lee are also lining up players to sign next week.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez
The news today is very good on 26 year-old center-back Florian Lejeune with the signing said to be imminent in the Spanish press.
And we have been linked with lots of players last week with deals said to be close.
Players include the likes of Fernando of Manchester City, Vincent Aboubakar of Porto, Pepe Reina of Napoli and central midfielder Romulo from Hellas Verona to name just four who could come in very soon.
So we are certainly no worse off then we were last summer at this time and Rafa and Lee Charnley working together have shown they can get deals done – and good deals too.
Yes, Rafa is after some good players, but he doesn’t like paying over the odds for them either.
The good news yesterday was that it looks like we are close to getting Manchester City’s Fernando fin or a very decent £5M after City initially wanted £10M a few weeks ago.
The reports are that Newcastle are very close to doing a deal for Fernando for £5M and the player is reported to be keen to arrive on Tyneside.
So if we can three or four players in by July 3rd or July 4th we would still be in very good shape.
Let’s hope that’s exactly what happens, with Rafa and Lee having to close some deals after enquiring about many players over the last several weeks.
The table below is what Newcastle have done in the transfer market so far, with news today that Haris Vuckic has joined Dutch club FC Twente on a three year deal.
Newcastle should get some compensation for Haris who came through the Newcastle Youth Academy even though he is now a free agent.
Great things were expected from Haris when we signed him as a 16 year-old in January, 2009 from Slovenian club Domzale, but it wasn’t to be.
Newcastle have now moved seven players out and brought one player in so far this summer.
|Javier Manquillo||£4.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Mikel Merino||£2.5M Loan - season||Borussia Dortmund|
|Kenedy||Loan - season - pending||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£37.0M|
|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|
Up to £5M in add-ons
|Daryl Murphy||£2.0M||Nottingham Forest|
|Ivan Toney||Loan - season||Wigan Athletic|
|Transfer Fees Out||£14.0M|