There is news out of Italy that in the second long-running saga this summer – the first one was with Tammy Abraham – Newcastle will miss out on former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
While the news yesterday was that Pepe has turned down an extension to his contract at Napoli, he will honor the one year left on his current contract and become a free agent next summer.
Whether Newcastle will go after him at that time is debatable and it will depend on whether Rafa gets in an experienced goalkeeper this summer and how our number one goalkeeper plays next season, whoever he may be.
34 year-old former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina
The 34-year-old keeper is staying in Italy and it will be interesting to see of Napoli bring in a another goalkeeper this summer, who can be ready to challenge Pepe in the coming season and eventually take over at Naples the following season.
The news is that Napoli could be bringing in 25 year-old Argentinean goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli from Real Sociedad this summer – he’s been Sociedad’s number one goalkeeper for the last two seasons.
We honestly don’t know if this saga is completely over, because if Napoli do bring in another goalkeeper then maybe Reina will have second thoughts and want to leave Napoli, but this uncertainty is certainly not good for Newcastle.
We waited a long time to get the decision from 19 year-old Chelsea striker Abraham and he decided in the end to move to Swansea City, probably because he was more certain of getting starts in games in south Wales.
But there’s no doubt that Newcastle are back where we were a few years ago and finding it very difficult to buy players in the transfer window and it seems that’s because we are trying to be too thrifty.
We hope things will change quickly this summer and we can will see good players coming into the club.
What do you think?