There was news we published yesterday that BSC Young Stars left back Loris Benito is in England to seal a possible free transfer to a Premier League club.
Benito has been linked with Newcastle several times recently, and the Sun was reporting they think that club is Newcastle.
Rafa wants to bring n two full backs this summer, and we have also been linked with CSKA Moscow full-back Mario Fernandes, but the last reports on him were five days ago, and we thought the fee of close to £27M would prevent any move by Mike Ashley.
But there is now a possibility Newcastle could go after the non-Russian speaking full-back if indeed Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan manages to buy Newcastle.
Mario Fernandez – could be in reach this summer?
Or even another of the two groups besides Sheikh Khaled said to be looking at Newcastle’s financial records – but that seems far-fetched unless Sheikh Khaled is not allowed to buy Newcastle.
All kinds of adverse outcomes for the attempted takeover are being reported in the last day or two.
It’s as if the reporters don’t want the deal to happen?
If Sheikh Khaled does buy Newcastle – say in early July, there’s plenty of time for Rafa to bring in a couple of top players – expensive players and those who Ashley wound not sanction because they were too expensive.
But Newcastle must also abide by the Financial Fair Play rules now in place.
We can, however, spend a lot more than the £50M a season Ashley has sanctioned – it could easily be double that amount.
And Rafa doesn’t need a lot of money.
But it’s also true that to bring in the four or five world-class players he will need to flip Newcastle into a side competing for the top six – they will be (very) expensive.
As we said earlier a bid would be in the region £27M for would be needed to get the Brazilian born 28-year-old to Newcastle.
It still seems difficult to imagine, and would only happen if we get a new owner in with money to spend.
But perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss the possibility?
Fernandes has 16 caps for Russia and joined CSKA Moscow way back in 2012.
He eventually made his Russian debut against Turkey in August 2016 after acquiring Russian citizenship.
He doesn’t speak Russian – wonder if he speaks English?