While some fans weren’t dancing in the streets yesterday when we signed Ki Sung-yueng, he’s a solid signing for Newcastle.
And Ki may have come in to fill in for Mikel Merino who seems on his way to Real Sociedad after only one season on Tyneside.
Rafa wanted more experience in the side, and he’s got it with Ki who is a very experienced player with five seasons in the Premier League with Swansea, and as Rafa said yesterday – he’s a good character.
The Telegraph is reporting today that Rafa is looking to bring in two new players 22-year-old Kenedy from Chelsea and 25-year-old Red Bull Salzburg’s Valon Berisha who plays in central modified and whose dream is to play in England.
Kenedy and Rafa Benitez last season on the sideline
The Telegraph says they could cost up to £35M, but that seems an upper figure – with Berisha supposed to be available for around £8M and Kenedy something north of £20M.
If we can get these two players at the club permanently, they would be two terrific buys for Newcastle, and both players are keen to move to Newcastle, which will help in the negotiations.
There was news last week that another one of our targets – Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro also is waiting for Newcastle to sort out a fee with his club so he can also join Newcastle.
But if Berisha joins that may become unlikely.
Rafa has up to £50M to spend this summer plus the proceeds from potential sales of players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Mikel Merino, Chancel Mbemba, Dwight Gayle and others.
Newcastle will hopefully ramp up their transfer activity with Rafa now back on Tyneside, and it’s good that we got Ki in before preseason starts on Monday.
Rafa wants players in early, so he has time to work with them before the season starts six weeks today when we play Spurs at St. James’ Park.
That’s the same opening fixture as last season when we lost 2-0 after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off early in the second half.
We hope to do a lot better this time around.
Newcastle have a little momentum in the transfer market now so let’s hope more players will be arriving soon.