There was news in the Metro ay back at the beginning of June that Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is having a clear-out of his players and three of the players Newcastle have been interested in are defenders Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson.
But one of the players who could become available is their excellent defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin who has played well for Arsenal for over four years now and he could be a good buy for Newcastle if the price is right.
Rafa talked earlier in the summer about getting in some Premier League experience but of the three players we have signed this summer – Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune and Jacob Murphy – not many of them have that.
26-year-old French U21 International Francis Coquelin of Arsenal
Rafa is expected to bring in both a playmaker and a defensive midfielder this summer, but there have so far been no links to Coquelin, so maybe we have already made some inquiries and the price is too high?
Newcastle need a defensive midfielder to put pressure on Isaac Hayden who had a great first season at the club last season and also a creative playmaker to help out Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park.
Without Jonjo last season for those five games when we were suspended Newcastle looked very ordinary and without creativity – and that was in the Championship.
With Francis Coquelin why wouldn’t we try to take him on loan this season with an option to buy next summer?
That’s when Newcastle should have a lot more money available to spend in the transfer market after the payout from the Premier League next May.
The 26-year-old French U21 International has played 148 times for Arsenal and his contract at the Gunners still has four years to run.
He would be a great addition to the squad and has certainly has already shown he can play very well in the Premier league.
What do you think?