Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez told reporters on Friday that he is looking to strengthen the squad in every single position – that’s a statement for the next two transfer windows we assume.
And it’s become clear from the performances this season that we need a lot of new players next season if we can stay in the Premier League come May.
Rafa still doesn’t know how much money he will get to spend this month, but it’s not likely to be a lot coming from Mike Ashley.
There are reports in Italy that we are again after 23-year-old left back Emerson Palmieri of AS Roma, but the only option Rafa will have this month is a loan move with an option to buy this summer.
Emerson is 23 years old, born in Santos, Brazil, and only last year got his Italian citizenship.
He is of Italian descent on his mother’s side and recently said he would prefer to play for Italy rather than Brazil – the country of his birth.
Emerson Palmieri – – 23-year-old Roma left-back
The left-back was a regular last season at Roma, but this season he has played only 3 games for Roma.
Roma would be willing to let their left-back leave this month, and they have already started looking for replacements they could bring in.
However, both Juventus and Liverpool have also been reported to be interested in the talented left-back.
Newcastle need to bring in a left-back this month, and it seems Rafa will use Chelsea’s Kenedy in more of an attacking role if we can get the 21-year-old Brazilian on loan from the London club.
The most recent report says the Palmieri is available for £22M – but that seems a lot of money, but Premier League clubs want him, so we suppose the price goes up.
Rafa seems to rate this player, and he’s a good age and Rafa can make him a better player on Tyneside.
Players we don’t get in January will probably be targets for the summer, and that assumes we are still a PL club then and hopefully, Ms. Amanda Stabely will have bought the club from Mike Ashley by then.
Newcastle can only bring in two English based players on loan next month but any number of foreign-based players.
What do you think?