Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said he will not stand in the way of players wanting to leave Chelsea this month to improve their chances of playing for their country in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
But we are not sure how that is consistent with Antonio also saying that before anybody leaves this month, he will need to bring in a replacement.
Newcastle have already agreed a deal to sign Kenedy on loan, but it’s the same as the summer, and he will not come to Newcastle unless Chelsea can get a replacement in.
So that could drag on until the last day – as it did in the summer – and he still doesn’t arrive at Newcastle.
There is some good news in ESPN today that striker Michy Batshuayi, who was one of our targets before he signed for Chelsea 18 months ago, is keen to make the Belgium side.
Michy Batshuayi – a Newcastle target this month
The ESPN report also say the Belgium striker is one of Rafa Benitez’ top targets this month and he would definitely get games at Newcastle since we don’t have anybody near his class at the moment.
Newcastle have also been linked with 29-year-old striker Troy Deeney of Watford, and we were also interested in him a couple of years ago.
The fans are not impressed with Deeney being a target this month, but he’s an experienced campaigner and a hard worker and knows the game well.
But on the other hand, Michy is a player we should be signing if we are indeed going to become a top side for the future.
We are hoping Rafa can use his contacts at Chelsea and get Batshuayi in on a loan spell this month with an option to buy or even obligation to buy in the summer.
He would be an excellent signing for us – both short-term and long-term.
Newcastle have been reported to have offered loan deals this month to Islam Slimani, and Danny Ings and the rules say we can only bring in two players from England on loans.
However, there are an unlimited number of players we can sign on loan outside of England.
So it would be possible for Rafa to bring in a few players on loan this month – if we can get good players in.