After we signed Fabian Schar via his release clause from Deportivo for £3M, there is still news that Rafa Benitez wants to bring in Argentine center-back Federico Fernandez.
That could just be the news still being reported even though we now ave four center-backs in place – but of course, we now have Florian Lejeune out of action for at least the rest of this year with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury to his knee.
Rafa wanted to get his former player at Napoli Fernandez on loan for the season but relegated Swansea want to sell the player, and the price tag is £10M.
With Newcastle still short of players who can score goals you would expect that Rafa wants at least two more strikers bought in.
And of course, it helps that we will get £22M initially from Fulham for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Argentine center-back Federico Fernandez – will cost £10M from the Swans
But we now only have Lascelles, Clark and new boy Fabian Schar to fight it out for the two central defensive positions.
It could be a bit of a problem of either remaining center-back is injured although we do have Paul Dummett and Isaac Hayden who can play in central defense.
But Rafa doesn’t seem to think that way – he likes players to play in their orthodox position and is not a believer in having players out of position.
And of course, Isaac Hayden is itching to move down south to be close to his girlfriend and their baby daughter.
We may be able to get by without Lejeune although exactly how long he will be out is unknown – if it’s severe he could miss the whole season.
If Rafa does bring in another center-back it’s probably because the injury to Florian is severe and he could miss the whole season.
The other reason is if Rafa gets an offer from Leicester City for Jamaal Lascelles that Newcastle can’t refuse – we would need another center-back brought in.
Manchester United want to sign England center-back Harry Maguire who played brilliantly during the World Cup, and the Foxes want a cool £80M for him.
Leicester have been reported to be willing to pay £35M for Jamaal Lascelles as a possible replacement, but we should ask for a minimum of £50M.
But we should really keep the captain at Newcastle.
Harry Maguire is the player we wanted for £12M from Hull last summer, but when his price went up to £17M we backed out – he was too expensive for us.
You have to think big to become big.
The chances of Jamaal Lascelles leaving Newcastle in the next 11 days have to be minimal – he would be a huge loss for the club.