We finally got 23-year-old Javier Manquillo over the line today after there had been some delays in his signing due to some paperwork problems.
The Chronicle is estimating his fee was around £4.5M and that’s half of what Sunderland’s option to buy him was for last season while he was on loan at the Black Cats.
Of course, he didn’t play well last season on loan at Sunderland under manager David Moyes but it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if Javier plays really well for Newcastle with his Spanish compatriot Rafa Benitez coaching him.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
And Rafa is a much better manager and motivator than David Moyes will ever be – let’s tell the truth about that.
So Newcastle have now allowed 9 players to leave the club this summer with a couple of deals looking close to being completed.
A £2M transfer of 34-year-old Daryl Murphy to Nottingham Forest and a£6M transfer of 17-year-old Lewis Gibson to Everton are pending, although Spurs are still in there trying to do a deal for the teenager.
We’ve put these two latter deals down as “pending” in our table and if they go through it shows we have only spent a net of £10.5M so far this season.
That’s not much.
And if the Chronicle estimate of £70M in cash plus whatever Rafa can get from outgoing transfers is accurate for the amount Rafa has to spend – then there’s still a lot of money to spend this summer.
|Javier Manquillo||£4.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Mikel Merino||Loan - season||Borussia Dortmund|
|Transfer Fees In||£34.5M|
|Vurnon Anita||Released||Aston Villa|
|Haris Vuckic||Released||FC Twente|
|Lubo Satka||Released||FC DAC 1904 |
|Kevin Mbabu||£1.0M||Young Boys|
|Matz Sels||Loan - season||Anderlecht|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Bolton|
|Lewis Gibson||£1.0M initially||Everton|
|Daryl Murphy||£2.0M||Nottingham Forest|
|Ivan Toney||Loan - season||Wigan Athletic|
|Siem de Jong||£4.0M||Ajax|
|Grant Hanley||£3.5M||Norwich City|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Brighton|
|Achraf Lazaar||Loan - season||Benevento|
|Transfer Fees Out||£22.5M|
What do you think?