There’s news from Italy – Tuttosport – who are reporting that Newcastle could offer Aleksandar Mitrovic to Torino to get 25-year-old defensive midfielder Afriyie Acquah to the club.
We were linked during the summer with Acquah, but it seems Rafa’s lack of transfer funds stopped him from bringing in the midfielder; he seems one that Rafa wanted to sign but couldn’t through lack of funds.
In fact, Acquah was shown on video in the summer saying he wanted to sign for Newcastle United, so it seems he is keen to come to Newcastle and play in the Premier League.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has a career at Newcastle that seems to be coming to an end, and Rafa will try to sell him in January or use him in a part exchange to bring in some new players.
And with Newcastle in a terrible run of form and results at the moment, it could be that Rafa wants to bring a number of players in during January – maybe as many as five?
Afriyie Acquah – a target last summer
We are hoping after the transfer meeting today with Lee Charnley that Rafa will get sufficient funds to spend in January, with the rumor that Amanda Staveley wants to give £30M to Rafa in transfer funds.
That could be done by PCP Captial Partners loaning Newcastle £30M to spend next month – although where the money is actually coming from is still debatable.
The easiest solution is to get Ashley to release £30M from Newcastle’s coffers.
We are hoping after the meeting today that Lee Charnley and his team get busy and go after the targets that Rafa has identified.
Acquah signed for Torino from 1899 Hoffenheim two years ago and has made 10 appearances for them this season, but he wants to get more playing time.
And since he signed for Torino he has made 63 appearances with 5 goals and 5 assists.
Rafa seems to rate this player highly.