One of the successes (so far) of the loan signings is 29-year-old Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
The Slovakian has been playing very well after starting off with a magnificent display on his debut in the fantastic 1-0 win over Manchester United at home.
There was some talk of trying to bring former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas in during the January transfer window, but it didn’t happen, and Dubravka seems like an excellent loan signing for us.
But now betting firm BetStars have Newcastle as favorites to sign the 36-year-old Real Madrid legend, who has been capped 167 times for Spain and was playing in the Real Madrid first team when he was 19 years old.
The betting is at 3/1, and we would think if Dubravka keeps up the form he has shown then he will be signed this summer for €4M as part of the loan agreement.
Iker Casillas – free agent in the summer
Casillas’ Porto contract runs out at the end of June, and he will become a free agent.
So why would Newcastle want Casillas?
We would expect either Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow could want to leave the club this summer if Dubravka is signed on a permanent basis.
This is what BetStars Director of Trading Ian Marmion has said:
“Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas looks set to quit Porto this summer, putting a number of Premier League clubs on high alert.”
“Newcastle were heavily linked with signing the Spanish shot-stopper in the January transfer window and the Magpies are now the outright favorites at 3/1 to land their man this summer.”
“Liverpool are in the market to bolster their options between the sticks and the Reds are priced at 5/1 to add the three-time Champions League winner to their squad.”
“Meanwhile, a return to La Liga could be a possibility for Casillas with Valencia priced at 8/1 to clinch the World Cup winner, while Real Madrid are the long-shots at 33/1 to re-sign their former Spanish number one.”
We would be surprised if Rafa is really interested in bringing Iker to Newcastle.
But you never know – we’ve been wrong before, and Iker is a very experienced player and was world-class in his prime.
Maybe Rafa wants more experience in the Newcastle side next season, even if the player has never played in the Premier League.
We didn’t think we needed another goalkeeper brought in this season and thought that Rob Elliott and Karl Darlow were good enough – but we were proved wrong with the form of Dubravka.
Maybe we’ll be proved wrong again by Rafa?
That’s a possibility.
What do you think?