Sky Sports reported today that West Ham United had made a bid for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles of £25M and the Tyneside club immediately rejected the offer.
That’s probably only an opening bid from the Hammers but the worry is if a bigger club like Chelsea came in with a much higher offer – say £35M – would Rafa take it?
And Lascelles might be tempted since it would almost guarantee him Champions League football every season with such an ambitious club as Chelsea.
Jamaal is the leader of Newcastle on and off the pitch and if a silly offer came in for him it will be interesting to see how Rafa reacts to that.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles – first day back last Friday
Jamaal is not only a good player getting better all the time under Rafa’s guidance, but he is the heart and soul of this ever-improving Newcastle side.
It would need to be a very high offer if Jamaal is to leave the club this summer.
We hope it doesn’t happen – we must keep our best players if we are to have a good team in the next year or so.
It’s a thing we haven’t been too good at since Mike Ashley bought the club 11 years ago and money has been king – not the strength of the playing squad.
Rafa wants to change all that.
And our inkling is that Jamaal will have no interest in leaving Newcastle and Rafa Benitez this summer.
What do you think?