Newcastle United have been told that it will cost the club £15M to sign 27 year-old Kieran Gibbs and the news is that Rafa Benitez is willing to meet that figure.
The 27-year-old saw his first team playing time reduced a lot of the last few years as Spanish International Nacho Monreal has made that position his own and has looked really good for the Gunners.
Kieran has only one year left on his contract and that seems a high free to pay for a player who could become a free agent in one year.
The Mirror is reporting that Rafa Benitez is keen to do the deal even at that £15M price, so it looks like Rafa has decided Kieran will still be a good acquisition for Newcastle and will likely become the starting left back if he does sign along the dotted line.
West Brom are also after the player, but we would think Newcastle would be a much better option for him – but there again we are completely biased of course.
We expect both Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez to leave the club this summer in addition to Frenchman Massadio Haidara and it will then be between current number one Paul Dummett and Kieran if Rafa does sign the 10 times capped English International.
So as far as left backs go that’s three out and one in, although Jesus Gamez can play on either side – but that’s good for reducing the wag bill – well once we can sell Gamez, Lazaar and Haidara – it is.
Rafa wants as many players brought in before the pre-season training starts on July 3rd as possible, so that’s four weeks tomorrow so we are hoping to see new recruits start coming through the door very soon.