Newcastle have moved 10 players out this summer and eight of those outgoings are permanent with the other two being Matz Sels and Adam Armstrong on season loan deals to Anderlecht and Bolton Wanderers respectively.
Rafa is reported in the Chronicle to have wanted to bring in eight first team players this summer and so far he has four players come in – with two arriving last week in Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo; both players played their first games for the club at Deepdale yesterday in our second pre-season friendly.
We now have four more friendlies in the next couple of weeks with two of those games being in Germany.
Rafa Benitez in training last week in Dublin
Here’s the schedule.
|Opel Arena, Mainz||Saturday|
4:00 pm local time
|AOK Stadium, Wolfsburg||Wednesday|
4:00pm local time
|St. James' Park||Sunday|
Things seem to be picking up and last night we were reported to be trying to hijack West Ham’s pending deal for 26-year-old Senegal International midfielder Badou N’Diaye.
After the game yesterday afternoon – when we drew 1-1 at Deepdale – Rafa seemed to be hopeful he could move players out and bring more players in.
He also said he was in constant communication with the Newcastle hierarchy on transfers – presumably with Lee Charnley and owner Mike Ashley – which is good to hear.
Lee and Mike need to support Rafa with everything they have got (and that includes every last penny Mike has got) this summer.
Here’s some of what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“Hopefully, we’re close to making signings, but I don’t know. We will have to wait and see.”
“We (Rafa and the club’s hierarchy) are in contact all the time. We still have time.”
“We have too many players now, so not all of these players can have a future at the club,”
“We have too many now and we need 25 players. I I don’t know about those leaving, because it depends on other clubs, but we continue to monitor every situation.”
As a reminder here are the ins and outs at Newcastle so far this summer – 10 players out and four players in with Lewis Gibson’s move to Everton for £6M still pending.
|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|