There’s some good news today in the Mirror – if it’s true – that Newcastle have been linked with a move for Croatia international midfielder Milan Badelj.
His four-year stint at Fiorentina has ended, and the 29-year-old is available as a free agent.
Badelj was part of Croatia’s squad at the World Cup in Russia, and he scored the only goal in their win against Iceland.
Rafa would have known about Milan Badelj becoming available as a free agent this summer.
Croatian International Milan Badelj available as a free agent
And if Rafa cannot get Isaac Hayden to stay at Newcastle, he could make a move for the Croatian International although he’s another player in his late 20s and Mike Ashley wants younger players brought into the side.
But with almost no money available from the owner here is a good player we could get into the squad cheaply – and he would add competition in central midfield.
Somehow we can’t see Newcastle being able to lure Badelj to Newcastle as a free agent and other clubs will offer him more.
But we have been wrong before.
He would be another good bargain if we can the get the 41 times capped Croatian International to Tyneside.
He started his career at Dinamo Zagreb and moved to Hamburg in 2012 and stayed in the Bundesliga for two years before joining Italian club Fiorentina four years ago for a fee of around €5M.
He’s played for all the Croatia youth sides from U16 to U21 and gained 63 youth caps.
He made his senior debut for Croatia during a Euro 2012 qualifying game against Malta; a match Croatia won 3–1 in September 2011,