Rafa Close To Signing One Of These Two Goalkeepers Next Week

News outlet Sport in Spain are reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

The 23-year-old former Spanish U21 goalkeeper is reported to be leaving the Spanish club.

Lopes’ contract runs out at the end of June when he would become a free agent after talks on a new deal have recently broken down.

He was on loan at Spurs for the second half of last season, and it was expected he would sign permanently for Spurs last summer, but he didn’t.

The loan deal had in it an option to buy for €7M, but Spurs didn’t want to pay that amount.

Pau Lopez – 23-year-old Spanish U21 International

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was familiar with the goalkeeper from his time managing Espanyol from 2009 through 2012.

Crystal Palace are the other Premier League club who are reported to be after Lopez, so we are fighting it out with the London club for the Spaniard.

An option for Newcastle is to buy him now for a cut-price fee with only 6 months left on his contract.

However, it’s still possible that he could stay at Espanyol because his club are still keen to negotiate a new contract for the 23-year-old.

Another option is to talk to the player now and arrange a deal for him to move in the summer when he would become a free agent.

Newcastle could get him to sign a pre-contract agreement which includes his wages and contract length etc.

Because he came through the Espanyol Youth Academy, there is compensation Newcastle would have to pay Espanyol, which is unlikely to be very much.

Newcastle have also been in discussions to buy Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, and they have offered the player a loan deal for the rest of season with an option to buy for £4M in the summer.

That offer was turned down by Sparta Prague.

But they have offered two options to Newcastle – one is a loan deal with an obligation to buy the player in the summer, and another is a loan deal where there is an option to buy in the summer.

In the first potential deal, we would have to sign the player in the summer.

It now looks like Newcastle can get either 23-year-old Pau Lopez or 29-year-old Slovakian International Martin Dubravka by Wednesday.

Hopefully, Rafa will get the goalkeeper he has wanted since the summer.

Since he wanted an experienced keeper, we would expect he would go for Martin Dubravka.

We shall see.

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13 comments so far


    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    A lot boayke stories goin around now…more bull or something in this?….see cairney wasn’t playing for fulham has he got an injury or is something happening on the transfer front to someone….and maddison scored again for norwich…another playmaker in form.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    What will ever happen to Sels who is currently out on loan

  • c-dog

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    More garbage

  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I cannot imagine the Slovaks being very happy
    about Martin Dubravka playing for Serbia

    (just to show I read Ed’s articles)

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Must say it looks like the new centre forward is Jorgensen. Not 100% sold on him though – but he’s better than what we have. His anticipation/instinct about getting in the right positions seems to be there, looks decent in the air as well.
    I suppose well have to wait and see.
    Decent no.10 required as well.

  • canny lad

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Jorgensen’s stats sing out failure to me. Failure of epic proportions.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib……….. Or can I call you Joe, Dubrovnak is not coming to us , you can cross him off the list.


  • Bigjim67

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    We aren’t desperate for a keeper, that can wait till summer. Get us a centre forward. Who thinks Peter Crouch could do a job for us? I do.

  • barry in the box

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Hearing a rumour about a central midfielder from Real Betis. Fabián Ruiz. Rafa really keen apparently! No idea how likely it is but we are really interested apparently. Probably make a derisory offer anyway!

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    when did you lads see enough of Nicolai Jorgensen to right him off so quickly or is it all just based on stats and football manager ???
    never realised the Eredivisie was so popular outside Holland and that we provided so many avid viewers

  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Fabian Ruiz is probably to replace Rolando Aarons
    who is going out on loan.

  • AndyMac

    Jan 27, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13

    I really have no idea how this Slovakian/Serbian keeper keeps getting column inches or whatever the web site equivalent is ? He’s 29, a journeyman and has never cost more than £300k in transfers. His agent must be on drugs ?


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