Newcastle have quite a few players in the 25-man squad whose contracts are due to expire at the end of this season. They are goalkeepers Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, right-back Javier Manquillo, defender Federico Fernandez, and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.
There is also striker Andy Carroll but his situation is a bit different from the others. We have also not included Jack Colback or Jamie Sterry as they did not make the squad but their contracts will also run out in the summer.
It will be interesting to see what transpires with these players over the next few months. There has been talk of a new contract for Karl Darlow recently but nothing for the other four.
We would hope that Newcastle will see if they can work out a two-year extension for Fede Fernandez. The thirty-year-old is so experienced and such a model professional. It makes perfect sense to try to keep him around rather let him leave on a free this summer.
There is a report in the Daily Star that names three players who Newcastle will not offer new deals to. They are Rob Elliot, Javier Manquillo, and Ki. It could be good news that Fernandez is not mentioned in this report.
Hopefully there is something afoot behind the scenes for the former Argentina international. He’ll be thirty-one when his deal ends but could certainly continue at his current level for the next couple of seasons.
We also hope that Newcastle can see if they can offload Javier Manquillo for a minimal fee this winter. If we make a move for an incoming player, a squad place will have to become available.
It would make sense to try to get something for the 25-year-old rather than just allow him to leave for nothing in the summer. There was also some reported interest in him from Spain this summer. Even if he leaves on loan until the end of the season, that would at least open up a squad place for a new arrival.
Newcastle’s plan should become a lot clearer over the next few months as we see who gets offered new deals and what we do in the January window. But it’s shaping up to be a big summer at Newcastle where we could see a lot of players leave and hopefully some real quality arrive.