Always assuming we are still a Premier League club this summer Rafa should have a lot more money to spend then he was given last summer when he spent a net of only £19M on new players.
Rafa will be able to get some additional transfer funds by selling players in the first team squad who are no longer needed at Newcastle, and some of them will bring in some decent cash.
Jesus Gamez’ contract is up, and it will not be renewed, and that’s also true with Sadio Haidara who has been six and a half years at Newcastle and played only 48 games for us.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – should be in demand
Goalkeeper Matz Sels is on loan at Anderlecht and doing quite well there, and he should have some suitors in the summer.
Anderlecht would like to take up the option to buy him this summer, but other clubs could also want the 26-year-old ‘keeper.
There’s a slight chance he could stay at Newcastle, but he will be down the pecking order, with Rafa going to sign Martin Dubravka and perhaps one more goalkeeper this summer.
Jack Colback will be available for £5M, and his excellent form at Nottingham Forest should help to sell Jack.
Or at least have a Championship club wanting him for a season loan deal because of his high wages at Newcastle.
But Jack has only one more year left on his contract so Newcastle will want to sell the midfielder in the summer.
Jack will probably want to hold out and become a free agent next summer as he was when we signed him from Sunderland in the summer of 2014.
Henri Saivet is on loan at Turkish Super Lig side Sivasspor for the rest of the season, and again his wages are high, so maybe another loan will be the best option for the Senegal International for next season.
When he’s played for Newcastle, the lad has looked very decent.
Chancel Mbemba has never played much for Rafa Benitez since Rafa arrived just over two years ago yet he is a good footballer and versatile too.
But it looks like his days are numbered on Tyneside and we should be able to get around £10M for the defender who has given good service to Newcastle when called upon.
Some Premier League clubs could be interested.
And last but not least is Aleksandar Mitrovic who has scored 7 goals in just 8 appearances for Fulham on loan this year.
If the Cottagers are promoted, they could possibly afford Mitro, who is a good center-forward when the team plays to his strengths.
But with Mitro’s good form for Fulham coupled with a good World Cup performance for Serbia, we could get more than the £14M we paid Anderlecht for him almost three years ago,
So those seven first-team players have not participated in the side this season and will not be missed.
And Rafa will be able to use those funds to bring in better players to Newcastle this summer.
Here are the seven.
Maybe we can get close to £40M for them?
What do you think?