The status of things at the moment at Newcastle is that we will have the 1892 Confederations Cup tomorrow at Benton and that will be good to watch the Newcastle schoolchildren with both Rafa and some of the first team players involved.
It was a terrific success last season.
The friendly game against Hearts is at Tynecastle on Friday night and then it’s the following week where the first team squad will have a training camp in Dublin like we did last summer – it’s not this coming week as we had mentioned a few times last week.
28 year-old Benfica playmaker Andreas Samaris
We had mentioned yesterday that Newcastle were after a number of players and we mentioned these five specifically:
- Adama Traore
- Andreas Samaris
- Andros Townsend
- Bas Dost
But in fact Newcastle are in for more than just those five players and news today that we are trying to sign free agent Spanish International winger Jesus Navas from Manchester City.
James McCarthy of Everton is also back in the mix, but he would cost around £20M, so Rafa will have to decide which players he spends the big money on this summer, but we’d love it if James is a Newcastle player before September rolls around.
One of the new names mentioned today is Willian Jose of Real Sociedad, who is a 25 year-old Brazilian striker and been linked with Barcelona during this transfer window, but Jose would cost Newcastle at least £20M if we were to go after him.
We are also interested in 19 year-old playmaker Carles Alena of Barcelona. who is coming through the ranks at the Spanish powerhouse, but has so far played only 4 times for the Barcelona first team.
Newcastle are reported to be monitoring some playmaker in the Spanish League with the view to a signing and it looks like Carlos could be that player, but it would only be a season long loan with probably no option to buy next year.
If we were to hazard a guess as to which player we will sign this week it would be central midfielder Andreas Samaris from Benfica.
If Newcastle agreed to pay out the full £17.4M (€20M) wanted by Benfica he’s our player and a player Rafa is said to definitely want to sign for the Newcastle squad this summer.
What do you think?