Rafa Benitez Personally Involved In €6M Bid To Sign 29-Year-Old Transfer Target

Rafael Benitez has not given up on trying to sign Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, even though there were earlier reports this week the loan deal was off.

Italian publication Tutto Mercato are reporting that Rafa has been indirect contact with Sparta Prague coach Andrea Stramaccioni and it seems Newcastle are now trying to sign the goalkeeper on a permanent basis.

The reason the loan deal did not go through was that Sparta wanted assurances from Newcastle that we would sign him permanently in the summer.

Rafa may have decided if that’s what they want, it would be better to sign him now rather than take him on loan first.

Martin Dubravka – 29-year-old Sparta Prague goalkeeper

The 29-year-old goalkeeper seems like a real target and Newcastle are reportedly willing to pay €6M (£5.3M) for the 6ft 3ins 9 times capped Slovakian International.

Mr. Benitez can be very persuasive and hopefully will have already talked to Martin Dubravka about the opportunity as Rafa tries to awaken the sleeping giant – Newcastle United.

This may also be proof that Mike Ashley will indeed give Rafa some money to spend on top of just loan moves this month.

And the manager has been working hard to bring new players into the club while Ashley has been on vacation in Miami.

We hope this deal comes off since Rafa has been very keen to bring in another goalkeeper this season.

Here’s hoping (and praying) Rafa can sign three or four good players before February rolls around to help us survive this season.

We must stay in the Premier League this season.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky (Not ITK)

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Well we do have previous with Czech/Slovak GKs.

    Pavel is a Geordie.

  • albert albert

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Get the keeper in if he’s any good , then we must go all out for a striker and maybe Kenedy kid from Chelsea he looked reasonable last night proper pace machine . ITK,s no need for apologies I’d like to think everything past on was in good faith , We are in this together we will get what we want one fine day , hwtl

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #3

    This lad is very agile and quick to start attacks.He would suit our style.

  • Belfast

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4

    We want a striker!

  • albert albert

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #5

    What do you think about swapping Gayle for Fulham lad and Shelvey for whu striker rumours , anyone think they’d be good moves ?

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Doesn’t Cairney want to stay at Fulham though

  • Belfast

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Swap them Joselu instead.

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought Willy Caballero had a fine game
    for Chelsea last night
    It seems almost criminal that a GK of his
    class is just used for cup games
    The modern game I guess
    At 36 Willy is proof that age is not such
    a factor in his position

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9

    52000 there lads next Saturday

  • albert albert

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Think we are stuck with Joselu

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    22 teams asked about taking Mitro on loan.Seems like some rate him.Wonder how many would want joselu

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Bianconeri be interesting to see who those clubs were at what level they play ??

  • Toonces

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Any chance that Kenedy will face retrospective action for his part in the altercation with the norwich player. He definitely stuck out after he was grappled to the ground. Would just be out luck to loan a player and then learn he is banned for 3 matches. That said, he had some good moments against Chelsea.

    Personally think Conte will hold onto him and Batshuayi until after the FA cup fixture on the 28th. He’ll use them for the cup squad but doesn’t really rate them from the premier or champions leagues. But after the 4th round Conte may take the FA cup more seriously and use the players he rates better freeing up the likes of Kenedy for loan or transfer.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Isnt it amazing how everyone was so wrong about the take over, but are still patting people like hibbit on the back and say dont worry.

    for over 2 month now all rafa has done is answer questions about a woman who wasnt serious, it seemed like it was just a whim she went out on, what has been going through Rafas head? this Woman seemed to play Rafa for a fool, and very easily might i add.

    I can not see how any of this is Ashleys problem, His problems are funding the new players we need, but we know he looks for reasons not to invest, and she handed it to him on a Plate.

    when they say players have had there head turned, why is it not possible that Rafa had his head turned in all of this. how about players not putting their all in as for some reason they thought they would be out the door for some new player would replace them.

    it all stinks to me. and its us the fans that have suffered, and i really sorry for all those home fans

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Yes, Mr Benitez can be very persuasive when coaxing players to john us. Wasn’t he persuasive last window when he supposedly had targets lined up until somebody blocked the moves without telling Rafa?

    We’ve all.learned that seeing is believing where Ashley’s concerned.

    As far as Wise’s glowing praise of Ashley and his enthusiasm that the club succeed, I think we’d feel a bit easier if Ashley were to say it – publicly. Come to think of it, what’s happened to the Fans’ Forum? He could always arrange to hire the Irish Centre (is it still on Gallowgate?), advertise a talk in for he can outline and fans can understand his thinking

  • albert albert

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Caballero would be on good wages i think , possibly a bit rich for us . I’m not sure these free agents are free the amount of cash agents are getting

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #17

    hibbit copy and pasted this.It is claimed that Brighton, West Brom, Bordeaux, Marseille, Anderlecht and Partizan Belgrade are among some of the sides who’ve put in loan bids for the forward.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #18

    How many of you this Mash would pass the FA’s fit for ownership tests if he was to take one now?

    Just because he has money doesnt make him fit to own, that he has already proven…So why cant the FA step in and force him to sell?

    Ok, it may not be that straight forward, there must be something somewhere that we as fans can lodge complaints to! He is not fit for purpose, any other industry he’d be under investigation!

    Wonder if Rafa would start using Mitro more if Dubravka comes in. Maybe someone that can understand Mitro a little more and play to his strengths starting from the back.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Think* Mash would pass the FA tests for ownership (#17)

  • albert albert

    Jan 18, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Think mitros bulked him self upto much looks pedestrian , looks much more athletic pacey at previous clubs , could of been the standard of league I suppose . I like him myself passion etc bit of a nutter though

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    catchy in norway

    isn’t it amazing how you only believe what suits your far right agenda
    you wear blinkers on a daily basis

  • Macas

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    If Rafa can’t trust Mitro to behave himself on the pitch, then why is he trying to sign Kenedy who looks like a real hothead

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    did rafa not say on tuesday that mitro had only just started running again ????

  • chicousa

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Yes that is what Rafa said. But the entire claim that Mitro has had a back injury or problem is a little bit suspect IMHO.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Mitro takes part in the game Saturday evening. Most likely get 20 mins as sub

  • Rob1971

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Catchy Rafa has not been played a fool by the take over, he has had nothing to do with it man, as for Ashley in this transfer window he simply does not need any excuses not to invest, he has not backed any managers here with transfers, only time we have spent big is when we have sold players for big money

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Toonces #13
    The Kenedy loan deal was scratched a week ago he aint coming.

  • Rob1971

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Catchy its also amazing how any chance you get you have digs at Rafa, Mclaren was woeful but I cant remember you ever slagging him off continuously like you have with Rafa, you have said previously you have had enough of him and want him gone, who else now would come in and work under Ashley when they know they wont be backed with funds?

  • Bambams

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I do believe the Rueben Brothers may have been one of the very original 4 or 5 that expressed an interest but not due diligence. There was also another party that had a background in Metal but again no due diligence and it would appear np longer involved either…..

    I do think Staveley needs to up her offer as it is not doing the club any good at all or she needs to just tell Ash there is a time when it will be withdrawn and move away.

    If Ash thinks he can get a few more Nectar points from another bidder he is always going to take this route.

    Boys if we were asked 18 months ago that after relegation we would be back in the PL with Rafa leading us within 12 months we would of all taken it. Even more so if they dangled the mackems propping up the Championship !!!! Its not the end of the world.

    My biggest worry is it looks like Ash will never back Rafa financially and will just hope to stay in the prem taking the advertising and any money we as fans do not know about, its happened for 10 years so why will he change now.

    Glass still half full……

  • giimps

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m not sure Rafa has an issue with Mitro or whether he thinks Mitros reputation in the premier league with the bias refereeing puts the team under pressure when he’s on the pitch, for me, there are loads of events which go unpunished every week in the leagues which are worse than what Mitro has done……Motd and Sky pundits going for him when he does anything remotely suspect, highlighting ever infraction and playing on superslomo to prove the point that shouldn’t exist.
    i know he’s no angel but he’s a marked man and always will be in this league….he may not be a liability but the referees perception of him makes him one so we need him to be lineker clean or we need to get him out and get in a goal scorer who we can play to their and our strengths

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    so now we think Rafa’s a liar surely not

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #32

    @ giimps exactly, harry kane has done a lot worse than Mitro

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Get over it. Nobody’s coming in loan or buy. MA is a gambler & thinks he has enough to survive. It’s the only fun he gets out of this club. Same next year if he does not sell.

  • thatmatt

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #34

    To reply to #2 Albert Albert, personally I would swap Gayle for Cairney. I don’t think Gayle can do a job for us but I think Cairney can. Watched him a lot this season and he’s the heartbeat of their team…so would be a huge loss for them, although they desperately need a CF who can do the business in the Championship as they create a lot of chances per game. Although if I were Cairney, I’d be tempted to stay at Fulham! They play attractive football, pass on the floor and he’s the fulcrum of their team. A sad indictment of the times that I think that he’d be better off there…

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #35

    catchy @14

    You took your time getting onto Rafa’s case. A short introductory paragraph about takover talk and then bang, Rafa’s head’s been turned.

    Catchy, you’re displaying obsessive tendencies and you may do worse than see your doctor before it affects your motley crew to the point of jumping ship.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 18, 2018 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Bee guy
    You are wrong about no incomings. Ashley is stubborn, thick skinned and crass but he ain’t stupid and he knows we’re in a perilous position in the league. Rafa will get his signings because Ashley knows Rafa needs them but just as important, Ashley needs Rafa to protect his investment. It’s no coincidence that Ashley dumped AS this week as he has to get signings in!

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 18, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #37

    I suggest we all forget takeover gossip and get behind Rafa and the lads until we’re safe.
    Rafa loves a challenge and he has one here but his teams always finish the season strong! Always!

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 18, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #38

    There is no comparison between Mitro and Kenedy who is a quality player with skill, pace and power. All he needs is for Rafa to teach him some discipline on the pitch and he’s in the Brazilian squad.
    I don’t think he’s going anywhere though; I think Conte is playing games with him to knock the cockiness out of him! Who’d wanna work for Conte though? Moody twat isn’t he?


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