Rafa Benitez has started calling agents and his transfer targets to ensure they will sign for Newcastle this summer.
Rafa is good at getting on with the job and with all the news whirling around that Sheikh Khaled is “close” to buying Newcastle it seems Rafa is simply getting on with the task at hand.
That’s what a hard worker does – keeps doing the job whatever the rumors may be.
And remember, this is Newcastle, and we always have rumors swirling around, especially during a summer transfer window.
And especially this one with Rafa hopefully going to sign a long term deal to stay on Tyneside before June 30th.
The Chronicle is reporting today that sources close to Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes are telling them that Newcastle is his preferred option as long as Rafa Benitez continues to manage the club past the end of June.
Apparently, there has been ‘direct contact’ with the forward and his club from Newcastle – and from Rafa – even though he is still in long, drawn out and what must be frustrating talks with current owner Mike Ashley about his new contract.
22-year-old Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes – his first choice is Rafa and Newcastle – in that order
It looks like a £16M bid would bring Moraes to Newcastle, although Rome-based Lazio are still interested in the 22-year-old Brazilian born striker, who stands 6ft 3ins tall.
He eats a lot of hamburgers in Belgium.
It seems Wesley would be perfect for Newcastle, and he appears to be very interested and excited to possibly be joining the famous Tyneside club this summer.
The fabulous history of Newcastle United plus what is termed the quality of life in the North East is reported to be a big attraction for Moraes.
But let’s be honest – his main attraction in moving to Newcastle is to work for Rafa Benitez, and that tells you the stature of the man the owner is hesitating to give a new contract to.
Newcastle will have to start signing players soon, but the likes of Moraes – and others – will need to wait until Rafa finally signs a new deal at Newcastle.
It’s positive the very persuasive Mr. Benitez is calling our transfer targets on the phone right now.
At the moment Rafa is Newcastle and Newcastle is Rafa.