Rafa Benitez wanted to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek last summer but he was not able to do that, and indeed he tried to sign him a year last January too.
And the Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are again after the 22-year-old who has two caps for England.
He is already an excellent player and is in the England squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
There are several Premier League clubs interested in the player in addition to the Magpies, and they include West Ham and Everton.
Crystal Palace are also interested in signing him permanently after he was on loan last season at the Selhurst Park club.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – at the St. Georges Park training camp with England
Last season he played 25 times for Palace with 2 goals and 5 assists, and it appears that Rafa will again try to sign the player.
The Sun reports that Rafa is keen on Loftus-Cheek, who will decide whether now is the right time to leave the Blues since he doesn’t want to sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge.
After the way Rafa brought the best out of Chelsea winger Kenedy this year, Newcastle must have a decent enough chance of signing the powerful central midfielder permanently.
But that will depend on what price Chelsea want for the 22-year-old and the Sun reports that could rise to as much as £40M if he has a good World Cup for England.
There’s just no way Newcastle should pay £40M for the young player.
Maybe Rafa could get the player on a season-long loan with an option to buy next summer?
But we are already interested in both Kenedy and Tammy Abraham from Chelsea as potential loan players for next season, and we can only get one player per club on loan for next season.
What do you think?