For the third season running Rafa will have a clear out of players at Newcastle as he builds a Premier League side that can start competing for a top six position in the Premier League.
At the very least next season Rafa will want to compete in the top half of the season and not be concerned about relegation.
We looked at players in February who could leave the club, and we included Jonjo Shelvey, but he will not be leaving this summer.
That’s after the English International has been in top form in the last month as Newcastle have surged away from the relegation zone.
These players will likely leave Newcastle this summer.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – will leave Newcastle this summer
Jesus Gamez, Sadio Haidara, and Curtis Good have contracts that are up at the end of June, and they will not be renewed.
Rolando Aarons hasn’t had a good loan spell at Hellas Verona this year and will also not have his contract renewed when it runs out in June.
Rafa for some reason has never rated central midfielder Henri Saivet, and he will be available as will local lad Jack Colback.
We expect Jack to resist being transferred permanently so he can become a free agent next year (and also keep on his high Newcastle wages for another year) when his contract runs out.
On the other hand, Newcastle could easily get £5M for him from a good Championship club; he’s played really well for Nottingham Forest on loan this year.
Chancel Mbemba doesn’t seem to be rated by Rafa, and he will be sold this summer if a decent bid comes in for him – he could even move to another Premier League side.
Rafa will need to bring in some new strikers this summer, and we could see both in this both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle leave the club.
There’s no reason why Newcastle couldn’t get at least £30M in total for those two players.
Mitro has been great at Fulham on loan this year scoring 9 goals with a single assist in only 12 games.
If Fulham are promoted it’s likely,they will want to make the deal for Mitro permanent.
And we don’t think Mitro’s excellent goalscoring form for the London club will alter Rafa’s opinion of him.
It seems that Mitro’s style doesn’t seem to fit the counter-attacking football Rafa plays at Newcastle.
And finally, time may be up for local lad Adam Armstrong who hasn’t been able to shine when he’s been on loan to Championship clubs Barnsley and Bolton.
He’s doing well now with League One Blackburn Rovers with 9 goals and 2 assists in 14 total appearances, but we think he will be released by Rafa this summer.
That’s one of the harsh realities of football.
What do you think?
Note – apparently I have made an error (again) – Rolando Aarons signed a contract extension until 2021 – so it doesn’t run out this June.