There’s a report in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle may go ahead and sign certain players even without Rafa having agreed to stay on board.
There was news in the Chronicle today suggesting that the talks on Rafa’s contract could continue for another week!
Yes – I almost collapsed on reading that.
If that’s true, it will start to impact what we were hoping would be an excellent summer transfer window for Newcastle.
But that was also assuming Rafa would sign earlier than now.
Fulham left-back Joe Bryan – scouts have watched the player for over two years
We have needed a good left back to challenge Paul Dummett ever since Rafa arrived just over three years ago.
And the Northern Echo report is that Newcastle are prepared to sign Fulham full-back Joe Bryan regardless of whether Rafa Benitez signs a new deal to stay at Newcastle.
As difficult as it will be if Rafa walks away, life goes on at Newcastle (so I am told), and we need new players for next season and if Rafa leaves – we will need a new manager.
Newcastle scouts have watched Bryan closely for some time, and at about £6M he seems excellent value.
But would he sign on at Newcastle without being sure of who the manager will be in July.
If it’s going to be Rafa, we have a feeling he would jump at the chance to join the Magpies.
The loan deal for Italian left-back Antonio Barreca from Monaco never worked, and he played only four minutes for the team – so that was a disastrous loan spell for both him and Newcastle.
Luckily Paul Dummett had returned to full fitness following a hamstring strain and played the rest of the games for us from early February.
The 25-year-old Fulham defender will be available this summer even though we expect Fulham to fight to keep him, but when a club is relegated, it’s always difficult to keep your best players.
It is thought Fulham want to sell Aleksander Mitrovic ad Ryan Sessegnon and that should give them ample funds to survive down below for a season as they try to come straight back up.
The uncertainty of who the manager will be this summer has been hanging over the club all year long.
But to their credit, the lads and Rafa did so well to finish in 13th position and 45 points, and we’ll receive £120M from the Premier League.
As we reported yesterday, that’s only £3M short of last season.
And so the wait for Rafa to sign continues into the 9th day.
What do you think?