Newcastle have already been linked with Espanyol’s David Lopez this summer.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, while manager of Napoli signed Lopez in the summer of 2014 on a five-year deal – so Rafa knows all about the 28-year-old holding midfielder.
He was signed from Espanyol, and after two years at Napoli and one year after Rafa had left the club, he returned to Espanyol.
David Lopez – while at Napoli
There’s a report in Mundo Deportivo today that Newcastle are one of the clubs leading the chase for Lopez, who is one of Espanyol’s best players.
Sports General Director Oscar Perarnau has said the Spanish club have already rejected many offers for the player and the only way he will leave the club will be through the payment of the termination clause.
That termination clause in the contract is a whopping €40M, and there’s no way any club’s going to pay that amount.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting Newcastle and Valencia are the two clubs leading the chase for the defender and that Espanyol may be open to negotiating on his release clause.
So it seems David Lopez may be a possibility for Newcastle, but it depends on what fee Espanyol really want for their player.