Rafa Benitez is hoping he will get some decent transfer funds to spend from Mike Ashley for the first time in four transfer windows this summer.
The manager deserves that for the fantastic job he’s done over the last two seasons and particularly this season, but for his expertise and experience – we could be a Championship club again.
Rafa wants to bring in some really class player this summer and to do that he will have to sell some players and have quite a clearout this summer to free up the wage bill.
Chancel Mbemba – should move to rekindle his career
Jesus Gamez, Sadio Haidara, and Curtis Good have contracts that are up at the end of June, and they will not be renewed.
Other players who could move include Rolando Aarons, who has had only a so-so loan spell at Hellas Verona this year.
Rafa doesn’t rate Henri Saivet, and he will be available as will local lad Jack Colback.
Nottingham Forest want to buy Jack, but he may try to hold out and get a loan deal because his contract still has one year to run on Tyneside.
Newcastle could expect around £5M or more for Colback if we can sell him this summer.
Chancel Mbemba just doesn’t seem to fit in under Rafa, and for his own sake he needs to move on this summer – maybe to another Premier League side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic will be sold and if he can help Fulham will the playoff final against Aston Villa on 26th May the Cottagers will be the first in line to buy him.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic also wants Dwight Gayle at Fulham should they be promoted.
Gayle is a tough one for Rafa because he’s improved a lot this year, but he cannot seem to score goals in the Premier League.
These nine players are very likely to leave Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?
PS – I knew I would miss an obvious one – goalkeeper Matz Sels is likely to sign permanently for Anderlecht this summer so that makes 10 – and at least another £5M in the coffers.