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Rafa Likely To Return For Attacking Uruguayan Left-Back This Summer

If Rafa gets the backing he needs from owner Mike Ashley and signs a new deal to stay at Newcastle, he wants to start early in the summer transfer window bringing in new players.

He will also have quite a sizable clearout of players who are no longer needed at the club.

That will help to reduce the wage bill and allow new and better players to come into the club.

Newcastle’s wage bill for the last fiscal year was £94M, the 13th highest in the Premier League and it was a reduction of 16% from the previous year when we were still in the Championship.

That seems strange.

News today that Newcastle will get the chance to sign 26-year-old AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt this summer.

Diego Laxalt in action for Genoa last season

Newcastle need a couple of full-backs brought in this summer to challenge first team starters DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett.

The Montevideo-born defender joined AC Milan from Genoa last summer, and while he has made 27 appearances this term, most have been as a sub.

He cost AC Milan €14M (£12M) plus a further €4M (£3.4M) in potential bonuses – so he will not be too expensive.

While at Genoa for three and a half seasons he played 117 games with 8 assists and 12 assists.

Laxalt seems to also be interesting Atalanta, Lazio and AS Roma if he wants to stay in Serie A.

He is a left-sided attacking player so complements Paul Dummett who is more of a defensive fullback.

Newcastle will not sign Antonio Barreca this summer after the Italian has made the Newcastle first team only once while on loan from Monaco since January.

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4 comments so far

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1


    An apparent reduction in payroll is no surprise when you consider the fact that a large provision was made in the 2016/17 accounts to cover onerous payments and contractual obligations for those players who wouldn’t make the first team. The 2016/17 adjustment was probably a fudge to make the following year’s accounts look good.

  • geordietom

    Apr 25, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #2

    repost …

    i see that S.D.S. has returned to the blog this afternoon …

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 25, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope so, really like the look of this player. Did really well in the WC and loves to bomb forward and decent at defending.

  • IrishRob

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks very average to me, and he’s not that fast either. Wingbacks need to be the fastest players on the team and he seems to have average pace at best. Also if we start getting too many foreign players we will create bigger language barriers and loose the cohesion in the dressing room. Pass!!


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