The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa Benitez is hard at work on another transfer for a top target he hopes to sign for Newcastle.
Newcastle finally signed Martin Dubravka yesterday on a four-year deal for just £4M, and that could well turn out to be the signing of the summer.
As seems usual for Rafa in the summers he’s not going on vacation but he will be able to be with his family on the Wirral, and that’s the type of relaxation he needs to recharge his batteries.
That’s always assuming for a man as passionate and as driven as Rafa – they need recharging.
Martin Dubravka and Rafa Benitez after Martin’s debut
Rafa says he can drive home or sometimes takes the train and there is excellent train service from Newcastle to Liverpool.
The fastest time is 3 hours 3 minutes, and on an average weekday, there are 48 trains per day traveling from Newcastle Central station to Liverpool Lime Street.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa wants another five players brought in this summer as he looks to transform the squad into one that can challenge for the top six in the Premier League.
We have the goalkeeper Rafa wanted to sign, and he’s after a right-back, a central midfielder, winger, and a striker.
When the Premier League pays the next installment of the TV money, Newcastle are expected to get £50M, and maybe that amount will be available to Rafa for transfers?
And in addition to that whatever he can get from transferring players such as Matz Sels, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Henri Saivet and Jack Colback,
We would love to see Kenedy signed at Newcastle either permanently or on loan for next season but that could be difficult.
But having both Dubravka and Kennedy next season would help to guarantee we can do a lot better than we did last season.
The good news is that Rafa wants his second incoming transfer deal done as quickly as possible as he wants to get Newcastle off to a good start in this summer’s transfer window.
That’s before the World Cup starts on June 14th in Russia.