The Chronicle are reporting today that Rafa Benitez wants to add four new players to his squad before 9th August – deadline day – when the summer transfer windows slams shut.
We had reported this morning that Rafa needs a left-back, and striker as well as a center-back to cover for the injured Florian Lejeune.
In addition to that Rafa is still looking for a new number 10.
If we can get four new players in we already have five players signed – Martin Dubravka, Robert Kenedy (loan), Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Scar – and would be nine players signed this summer.
Rafa Benitez – frustrated – just like last summer
There are still some players to sell or send out on loan such as Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar, Adam Armstrong and possibly Isaac Hayden if we can get a replacement in for the central midfielder.
The Chronicle are reporting that Rafa has made his feeling known to Managing Director Lee Charnley and has handed him a list of players he wants signed in the nine days remaining of the transfer window.
Rafa is frustrated at the moment, but if we can get in four players he wants and they include players like young Brazilian Thiago Maia, Swansea center-back Federico Fernandez and Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, then things could still be looking up on Tyneside.
However, the bad news is the Chronicle are saying the report from France today that we are close to signing Maia on loan for next season is not accurate.
That’s a pity.
If the Newcastle Board fails to bring in the new players Rafa wants, then we can probably wave goodbye to Rafa next summer.
That’s when his three-year contract is up, and he will become a free agent with multiple clubs fighting it out for his services.
That would also be a tragedy for Newcastle United FC.