It’s hardly surprising that some of Rafa’s top transfer targets this summer are some players he wanted at Newcastle a year ago.
We have already been linked Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, and Tammy Abraham from Chelsea – three players Rafa wanted last summer.
And a fourth seems to be Middlesbrough’s Spanish U21 winger Adama Traore.
We had a piece on the player yesterday but we said we hadn’t seen any real links to the winger this summer, but now there is one.
The Yorkshire Post is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the Spanish winger and that his transfer price is around £15M.
Adama Traore last season – in action against Aston Villa
For a player of Traore’s potential – that seems like a reasonable fee in today’s world of (very) high transfer fees.
Newcastle should even be able to afford that, and it could be a good deal if Rafa is able to get the very best out of Adama.
And last season there were definite signs that Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis was starting to get the best out of the 22-year-old.
The right winger has tremendous pace and good technical skills but needs to concentrate those attributes on producing good performances consistently in games.
That’s not dissimilar to what Kenedy needed to do when he first arrived on loan at Newcastle in January – and the Brazilian had an excellent time of it on Tyneside.
Rafa is the right manager who can get Traore to do the same thing.
The Newcastle manager tried to do a swap deal for the young Spaniard last summer involving goalkeeper Karl Darlow, but it didn’t happen, for whatever reason.
There has to be a good chance that Rafa can do the deal and £15M wouldn’t be too much to pay for the Spanish U21 International.
But it also depends on who Rafa’s number one choice is for the one winger he is expected to bring in this summer – and it’s got to be Kenedy – if we can get him.
What do you think?