There are two weeks left in the transfer window which will close at 11:00 pm on Thursday 31st August and by that time Rafa would like at least four new players through the door at Newcastle.
If things go Newcastle’s way and we can sell some of our players up for transfer this summer it could even be more than four.
Newcastle is ready to bring in 21-year-old Kenedy on loan for the season from the Blues, and we are waiting for the Chelsea manager to further augment his squad before that deal goes through.
But Kenedy looks sure to join us this summer, and we hope we have an option to buy him next year.
21-year-old Brazilian Kenedy – next signing?
We have been linked with Greek International goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis for several weeks now and he has been starring at Udinese for a few seasons and the fee for him is said to be around £3.6M.
But before Rafa can bring in the goalkeeper we first must transfer Tim Krul either permanently or on loan for the season – we don’t want to end up with a new goalkeeper if Tim Krul is still at the club come September.
Rafa has been linked with defensive cover, and the player is 29-year-old Legia Warsaw and Poland international Michal Pazdan, who was impressive at Euro 2016 last summer in France.
He would cost Newcastle around £3M, and since he’s very experienced, it would appear he would be an excellent acquisition for the money – if we can get him.
Rafa wants to bring in a specialist left-back too, especially after Paul Dummett picked up a hamstring injury last Sunday.
We were interested in Bristol City’s 23-year-old left back Joe Bryan but it looks like City want close to £10M for him, and that deal will be very tough to pull off.
We have recently been linked once again with James McCarthy because Everton will be keen to unload him after they have laid out a massive £45M for Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Everton is said to want up to £25M for James so let’s hope we can get him in on loan with an option to buy next summer – he would be a great acquisition for us.
Finally, we keep being linked with Brentford’s Spanish playmaker Jota who has only one year left on his contract at the Bees.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Rafa swoops for this player and gets another Spaniard into Newcastle this summer.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
Those six players seem to be the targets we are after, but as usual, Rafa could shock us all with signing some other player right out of the blue.