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Rafa Now Pursuing Manchester City Free Agent

There’s news in the Star today that Newcastle are interested in signing Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna when his contract at City at the end of this month and he becomes a free agent.

Rafa needs to bring in a couple of full-backs this summer to challenge DeAndre Yedlin on the right and local lad Paul Dummett on the left.

But whether he will go for older players like Bacary, who is 34, is a good question

But Bacary has a total of 266 Premier League appearances to his name so he knows all about England’s top league and Rafa wants PL experience brought into his squad this summer.

Certainly the advantage of signing a player like Bacary say for a couple of years, is that he is a free agent, but we wonder how much his wages are after he has been at Arsenal for seven years and City for three years?

The Star is reporting those wages are £85K/week, so if he were to join Newcastle we assume he would need to take a drop in wages.

With Crystal Palace and Southampton also reported to be interested, then Bacary has a very good chance to stay  in the Premier League.

Once Rafa starts to bring his players in this summer (we assume that is imminently), we’ll see if he wants to sign players in their mid-thirties, but we are assuming that if he does there will be no resistance from owner Mike Ashley.

We are hoping the penny has finally dropped with Mike – and that he will stay out of the way and let Rafa do what he wants to do with the club with the able help of Managing Director Lee Charnley.

It seems that significant trust was built up between Rafa and Mike at their meeting a couple of days after the Championship season closed, with Benitez showing Mike in no uncertain way that he fully understands the financial side of football and that Rafa is himself a savvy business man.

Lee Charnley is very good at going out and negotiating deals for players and that seems to be one of his major responsibilities now working with Rafa: certainly the two of them work their socks off for the Newcastle cause.

Lee is also responsible, at the executive level to Ashley, for the day-to-day to running of the club, but of course he leaves all the football stuff to Sir Rafa Benitez.

Bacary Sagna would be a decent short-term tactical signing for Rafa, but his high wages may be a problem.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    “Newcastle United could turn to Manchester City’s soon to be out of contract goalie Willy Cabellero.

    “A report in the Sunday Mirror suggests that the experienced keeper is on Newcastle’s radar.”


  • jazzyp

    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    F@ck me we gonna have a team of outcasts and freebies at this rate.
    Cabellero no thank you.
    Arsenal want 15 mill for Gibbs…. hahahaha good luck with that

  • Tinman

    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Sagna would be a good signing. Was one of the better RBs in the world a few years ago. Vast experience. Would more than likely be happy to rotate a bit which seems in Rafas mantra. He would help bring a winning mentality. An astute bit of business for free.

    Obviously would take a wage cut as he is not the player he was when earning 85k.

  • Tinman

    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    No chance we are going after Caballero. I think it was Reina or nobody on the GK front.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 4, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    No doubt there will be outcasts and freebies getting hired.

  • kc2012

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Sagna would be a good signing for any club never mind for us in our first season back. We need experience at the back and he brings enough of that. Cant moan at a quality freebie can we really

  • browny1107

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    At this rate the press would have us field man city b team next year: caballero, sagna, mangala, clichy, fernando, delph, navas, nolito, iheanacho. Just a cb and a cam from a full team! (Not that I wouldn’t have a few of them)

  • Phil K

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    THIRTY FOUR ???????????????
    And asking £85 grand a week ?
    No way Jose.
    Let some other idiots pay idiotic wages to a past it defender

  • Phil K

    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Caballero’s still better than what we have. Only Elliot is good enough to step up. Krul is out of shape and out of form. Darlow creates as many problems as the opposition Defence were much more content when Elliot was back. Reina would be a coup, but Caballero’s decent enough.
    But no injury-hit players.
    Gibbs is decent and a Brit, but injury risk. NOT for 15 mill, for Chrissakes.
    Arsenal are doing what we did with Sissoko with Gibbs and Giroud asking ridiculous amounts hoping we’re as dumb as Spurs were

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Not keen on Sagna now, at this point in his career. Think he would be another Babayaro..


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