The Mail are reporting today that West Ham want to sign Jonjo Shelvey in the summer for £20M, and that would be £8M more than we paid for the player from Swansea just over three years ago.
Rafa last week said that Jonjo was 5th choice in central midfield at the moment but mainly because he hasn’t played many games for a while since picking up the thigh injury late last year.
But Rafa has made it clear Jonjo will have a fight on his hands to get back in the side.
The 27-year-old is available now and played for the U23 team at Fulham on Friday night to get some match practice.
And maybe he will get a chance soon with Sean Longstaff having probably damaged his knee ligaments in yesterdays’ disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham.
Hammers manager Mauricio Pellegrini wanted to sign Shelvey in January but he wasn’t available, but Rafa may be more willing to let Jonjo go if he gets a decent price for him.
With Sean Longstaff coming quickly through the ranks and looking a top player already, Jonjo could be pushed to play a lot of games next season.
Ki is also pushing for a central midfield position as is Mo Diame, who have both just returned from injury.
When Rafa was asked if Jonjo would be staying at the club he said this:
“I think so. He is under contract.”
Jonjo in June will still have two years left on the five and a half contract he signed in January 2016, and he is also said to be Newcastle’s top wage earner at about £70K/week.
If the Hammers come in with a bid north of £20M Newcastle may be tempted to sell.
But Rafa is also likely to have to sell another central midfielder – Isaac Hayden – because of family reasons and we should be able to get at least £10M for him.
Given Rafa also wants to unload fringe players like Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar, Joselu, Jamie Sterry, Jacob Murphy, and perhaps Ciaran Clark – the manager could bring in more than £45M this summer from outgoing transfers.
Rafa is said to want to bring five new players in this summer and it looks like one of them will not be the Brazilian winger Kenedy who has had a disappointing season on loan this time around.
Rafa will also want financial help from the owner as one condition to stay on board at Newcastle.
What do you think?