Rafa Benitez in his first transfer window last summer had a huge clearout of players that was long overdue as he built a team that would eventually win the Championship and get Newcastle automatically promoted at the first time of trying.
And now while Rafa is building a side that can compete in the Premier League next season, there will be a similar clearout of players either sold or again sent out on loan to get them off the wage bill.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
And the club has already announced their retained list, with the news the following players have been released or sold:
- Florian Thauvin – sold to Marseille for £10M
- Vurnon Anita – contact will not be renewed
- Sammy Ameobi – contact will not be renewed
- Haris Vuckic – contact will not be renewed
- Lubo Satka – contact will not be renewed
In addition 34 year-old Irish striker Daryl Murphy has been told he is free to leave this summer and there is a lot of interest in center-back Grant Hanley who will also be let go this summer..
So including those two it’s also almost certain the following players have no future at the club:
- Daryl Murphy
- Grant Hanley
- Henri Saivet
- Emmanuel Riviere
- Kevin Mbabu
- Achraf Lazaar
- Jesus Gamez
- Matz Sels
- Massadio Haidara
So there’s 14 of our first team players who will have no future at the club, but in addition to those there are signs that Rafa is willing to sell other more established players, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to be sold if Rafa can get around £14M for him and bring in a replacement for Mitro this summer.
Yoan Gouffran is trying to negotiate a new deal to stay, but it will be very much on Newcastle’s terms and it could be the 31 year-old Frenchman could get a better deal elsewhere.
Our hunch is that Yoan Gouffran will leave the club this summer.
So the following four players also have unlikely futures at the club:
- Yoan Gouffran
- Siem de Jong – sell – doubtful he’s good enough for Newcastle
- Tim Krul – Rafa could bring in a new goalkeeper in the summer and sell Tim Krul and Matz Sels
- Chancel Mbemba – will be sold if Rafa brings in two center-backs this summer
Tim Krul was linked with Anderlecht a couple of days ago and the likelihood is he will be sold this summer with only one year left on his contract.
The transfer window opens at the beginning of July when deals can be executed, but Newcastle can agree deals now and it’s been a tough slog for Newcastle so far.
But there is still plenty of time to get players in with pre-season training not starting until Monday July 3rd.
And the surprising news on Monday night was that Mike Ashley may sell a portion of the club or all of it if he can get his price of £400M.
But today there is news that will not affect the transfer business this summer, according to sources close to the Chronicle.
It’s going to be a very busy time this summer and it’s even possible we will have a new owner before September rolls around.
But things are very stable at the moment and the last thing we really need to the moment is any major upheaval.
But with Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley working hard behind the scenes, we should still have another good transfer window like we did last summer, but it will be difficult.
These are exciting times for Newcastle United.
What do you think?