Rafa Benitez wants to improve the Newcastle midfield this summer, and some of the players he is interested in will cost big money with other top clubs also keen on the same players.
It’s possible that Rafa will accept a huge transfer fee for Jonjo Shelvey with West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini interested in the 27-year-old English International and reported to be willing to offer £20M for him.
Rafa may even be forced into some changes in central midfield with Mo Diame coming to the end of his three-year deal and Isaac Hayden wanting to move further south to be closer to his girlfriend and baby.
One target Rafa has is Stefano Sensi, and the 23-year-old Italian International plays at Sassuolo.
Newcastle scouts have watched Sensi for over a year now, but the Northern Echo is reporting today that other big clubs are also interested in the 5ft 6ins tall Italian.
23-year-old Italian International Stefano Sensi
Newcastle scouts have watched him all season long, and he has been at Sassuolo since signing for them in January 2016 from Cesena.
Newcastle will face tough competition from clubs in England, Spain, and Italy – with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Barcelona all reported to be interested in the player.
Other players Rafa may want to bring into the side this summer are long-term target Tom Cairney and Australian International Aaron Mooy – both from Fulham who are likely to be relegated this season.
How many come in will also depend on whether Diame and Hayden stay at the club, with Mo wanting a two-year deal to remain on Tyneside.
It is still thought that Isaac Hayden wants to leave the club in the summer.
We do have 21-year-old local star Sean Longstaff who has looked an excellent player for Newcastle and all being well – he will continue as a starter in the side next season.
Stefano Sensi has played 61 times for Sassuolo with 4 goals, and 4 assists and he has two full caps for Italy.
He made his International debut last November when he started in the 1–0 win over the United States in a friendly game held in Genk.
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