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Newcastle Linked With Move For Top Serie A Goalkeeper

With news yesterday that Karl Darlow was drawing interest from Blackburn and with his deal due to run out next season, Newcastle will likely be in the market for a new goalkeeper.

They will also possibly look to send Freddie Woodman on loan to get some first team experience. While we also would expect Rob Elliot to be leaving the club soon, though he could be retained to see out the remaining one year on his deal as a third choice keeper.

So far this summer they have been linked with three first team goalkeepers in Kevin Trapp of PSG, Walter Benitez of Nice, and Odysseas Vlachodimos of Benfica.

Italian outlet Tutto Mercato are reporting that Newcastle are very interested Lazio and Albanian international goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

Thomas Strakosha– would cost a lot of money

Strakosha is a 24-year-old goalkeeper who has been at Lazio since joining the club as a youth player in 2012. He became their number one during the second half of the 2016/17 season and has made a total of 121 appearances for the club.

He is also an Albanian international with a total of 8 caps for his country. His first coming in March of 2017.

The situation with Strakosha is going to be his fee. Some reports have had his fee as high as €50m which is extremely high for a goalkeeper to begin with. This would all but eliminate Newcastle from contention for this player.

He is being heavily linked with Arsenal and Tottenham as well so the likelihood that Newcastle are truly in for the player seem remote at best.

We do think Newcastle will bring in a keeper this summer to challenge number one Martin Dubravka. However, we would expect it to be one with a more reasonable price tag.

23 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa Benitez wants striker Salomon Rondon to follow him to China. Rondon scored 12 times for Benitez at Newcastle United last season during a successful loan spell from West Brom – and now the Spaniard is seeking to take him to new club Dalian Yifang. [Daily Mail] #nufc

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    That would be a bridge too far, Lilo!

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3


    So Charnley is just unlucky then?

    Wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time?

    Rafa spoke quite well of him, I don’t doubt that he is massively out of his depth.

    If he’s a good speaker at fans forums as Jib precluded to, then why the blanket silence? Also is speaking ‘off the record’ not just creating plausible deniability?

    He’s not the main problem certainly but he’s complicit

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Precluded = alluded

    Not auto correct just a brain fart.

  • toon kk

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    More speculation!, a goal keeper now.

    I fear next season could be a disaster if something doesn’t change soon.

    We’ve heard it all from we couldn’t get him over the line to hanging on to our best players will be a successful transfer window to he’s like a new signing.
    Now we hear nothing!

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #7

    One purple a position so no chance of anyone else coming in

    Lascelles – Purple
    Schar – Purple
    Fernandez – Purple
    LeJeune – Purple

    Oh dear, guess we need to sell a couple of CB’s ….. lemme think who ?

  • Yorkgeordie

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Can anyone give me one good reason why Ashley would sell this club. Even if the thought had crossed his mind, he sees Perez going for 30million, Longstaff a potential 50 million,cast around and sees possible more good sales, come on be real.Think what he might be missing. Can you really believe that you can wave that sort of money under his nose and expect him to walk away from it?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Charnley is unlucky? If that’s how my post came across, then it wasn’t meant to. He is incredibly lucky to have been the only guy, at the right time (for him, wrong for the club), in the right place (again for him).

    But that’s the point, he shouldn’t be in the role, so it isn’t necessarily loyalty to Ashley. Do you think he wouldn’t try to suck up to potential buyers to keep his job? Do you really think he would walk away from the club if Ashley left, even if new owners asked him to stay?

    He may well be loyal to Ashley, but there isn’t anything to suggest he is anything but an employee who will do what he can to keep any boss he has happy as this is the best gig he could ever get.

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Lee Charnley is Newcastle United’s managing director over/under qualified it doesn’t matter he has the job, he lives in the city and gets a very easy ride from the fans both in the ground and in and around the city, his duty as managing director is to the club first and foremost,
    a brief synopsis of the qualities and duty’s he requires to carry out the job,
    *from the institute of directors official website*

    The managing director/chief executive is the most senior full-time executive of the company (except when there is an executive chair).

    The role of managing director and chief executive are virtually the same (the latter title originally comes from the US).

    The managing director/chief executive is responsible for the performance of the company, as dictated by the board’s overall strategy. This factsheet covers the responsibilities of the role.

    Main purpose of role
    To direct and control the company’s operations and to give strategic guidance and direction to the board to ensure that the company achieves its mission and objectives.

    Main responsibilities
    Direct and control the work and resources of the company and ensure the recruitment and retention of the required numbers and types of well-motivated, trained and developed staff to ensure that it achieves its mission and objectives.

    Prepare a corporate plan and annual business plan and monitor progress against these plans to ensure that the company attains its objectives as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible.

    Provide strategic advice and guidance to the chair and members of the board, to keep them aware of developments within the industry and ensure that the appropriate policies are developed to meet the company’s mission and objectives and to comply with all relevant statutory and other regulations.

    Establish and maintain effective formal and informal links with major customers, relevant government departments and agencies, local authorities, key decision-makers and other stakeholders generally, to exchange information and views and to ensure that the company is providing the appropriate range and quality of services.

    Develop and maintain research and development programmes to ensure that the company remains at the forefront in the industry, applies the most cost-effective methods and approaches, provides leading-edge products and services and retains its competitive edge.

    Prepare, gain acceptance, and monitor the implementation of the annual budget to ensure that budget targets are met, that revenue flows are maximised and that fixed costs are minimised.

    Develop and maintain an effective marketing and public relations strategy to promote the products, services and image of the company in the wider community.

    Represent the company in negotiations with customers, suppliers, government departments and other key contacts to secure for it the most effective contract terms.

    Develop and maintain Total Quality Management systems throughout the company to ensure that the best possible products and services are provided to customers.

    Develop, promote and direct the implementation of equal opportunities policies in all aspects of the company’s work.

    Oversee the preparation of the annual report and accounts of the company and ensure their approval by the board.

    Develop and direct the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that the company complies with all health and safety and other statutory regulations.
    Knowledge, skills and experience required
    The role requires:

    A proven record of success in senior level general or commercial management, preferably in a related industry.

    At least 10 years’ senior level experience of management of people and resources.

    Graduate level of intellect preferably with a higher degree in a management discipline or a professional qualification.

    A wide knowledge of the industry.

    An understanding of financial management and wider management principles and techniques.

    Political and presentational skills with an appreciation of the demands of conflicting interests and of meeting statutory requirements.

    A very high level of commercial awareness.

    Leadership skills.

    Excellent communication skills.

    Excellent organisational skills.

    Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
    © Institute of Directors. All rights reserved.

    Take you

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11


    That made my soul die a little.

    What a player!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m disappointed in you. Only someone who is PR would refuse such a mission….

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Ron Knee
    getting her drunk would probable put your vinyard/winery into liquidation (if you have one) or land you with a very large bar bill !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Ginola scored a wonder goal for spurs in 1999 vs Barnsley
    and produced the best headline of that season.

    Ginola parts red sea after Moses exit

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15


    That’s a hell of a long list.

    Seems he is terrifyingly under qualified for the post.

    Also I don’t see any mention of tea making or having the charisma of a rich tea biscuit.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t like the way this conversation is headed!!!

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Will never forget Ginola scoring against Manure in the rout at SJP.

    Also the goal against Ferencvaros in the UEFA Cup was unreal.

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #18

    droppy in Wallsend
    i definitely didn’t recognise Charnley from that description.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #19

    It is a bit odd that Charnley does get such an easy ride from the fans. His name might be muck to most of us, but he is hardly singled out for significant abuse or focus unlike other previous employees. Possibly because he is viewed as a puppet/figurehead?

    I wonder how he would respond/take it if the focus of fans ire was directed at him in chants on match days in Ashley’s absence.

  • Swlabr

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Hibbitt….cue Toon22 ……..”It’s never Charnley’s fault”

  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    i’m sure a lad from pelaw can handle it , so you have my vote Ron just think of england !!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Ferencvaros…… What a strike…..

    We have had three fairly lazy/purely attack focused French wingers in the Premier league era, who are responsible for a high proportion of the best goals seen at the club during that period.

  • c-dog

    Jul 6, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Still no:
    Rondon replacement
    Rafa replacement
    Perez replacement
    Ashley replacement

    Sleeping our way into the championship


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