It’s an interesting story developing around Andros Townsend – Newcastle are in negotiations with Crystal Palace to buy back the winger Palace paid £13M for two years ago.
That’s when he left Newcastle so he could hopefully be a regular in the England squad but it hasn’t worked out that way, and he’s not in the England squad in Russia for the World Cup.
The fee mentioned in the local papers is £18M, but we’d be surprised if we can get him back at Newcastle for that fee – it will probably be higher.
It seems Rafa is willing to bring in Andros as a replacement for Matt Ritchie, who could surprisingly leave the club this summer.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez – May 2016
AFC Bournemouth, Stoke City, and Middlesbrough are clubs interested in signing the player for £15M.
But Ritchie, who would hardly want to take another step down into the Championship, has been a critical player on Tyneside for two years.
And it’s not surprising that Stoke and Middlesbrough want him because he was a star player in the Championship for both Newcastle and the Cherries.
If we sell Matt for £15M, then we will be able to afford the fee for Andros will be the thinking at Newcastle.
Both Matt Ritchie and Andros Townsend are well liked by Newcastle fans so it will be an odd couple of deals if Andros comes in, and Matt departs.
Ritchie was brought in two years ago to replace the departed Andros Townsend, and he’s been a terrific signing for us.
Ritchie has had two good seasons on Tyneside and he epitomizes the work, passion and drive that is a Rafa Benitez side.
This kind of deal shows Rafa is willing to wheel and deal in this transfer market and if he can get both Kenedy and Townsend in and we lose Ritchie, that’s still an upgrade with the squad on the wings.
Kenedy on one wing and Townsend on the other should help scare some Premier League defenses with Rafa having an excellent working relationship with both players.
But we’d still be sorry to see Matt Ritchie leave the club – he’s been a terrific buy for us, and he will not be forgotten for what he’s done for the club.
What do you think about this?