The Evening Standard are reporting that Newcastle want to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz next month on loan.
There had been reports about this earlier but we didn’t believe them, but now it seems Newcastle are indeed in the race to sign Luiz next month – but only on loan.
Newcastle don’t have the money to sign Luiz permanently after he cost £34M to return to the Blues last year.
But he is a player who seems to have fallen out with manager Antonio Conte and Arsenal are thought to be weighing up a £30M offer for him.
David Luiz – fallen out with manager Antonio Conte
Some big clubs would like to sign him outright in January, and even Real Madrid and Juventus are said to be interested, so it seems very difficult for Newcastle to get this player to Tyneside next month.
Luiz needs to play regularly to nail down his place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer, and he will be guaranteed a starting place at Newcastle.
The news is that Rafa is trying to use his influence at Chelsea and with the player himself to get the 56 times capped Brazilian International to Newcastle this summer.
Benitez was the Chelsea manager back in 2013 when he managed Chelsea to the Europa League Trophy and is said to know Luiz well.
The Evening Standard reports that Benitez and Luiz were seen talking to each other for several minutes following Newcastle’s 3-1 loss at Chelsea.
Luiz has a knee injury at the moment but hopes to be fit for early next month, and the question is whether Conte will let the player leave on loan next month.
It would be a surprise if he lets him leave and potentially leaves Chelsea short at center-back in case of injuries.
It would also be a coup if Newcastle can get him – but it has to be very doubtful.
What do you think?