Last week Steve Bruce spoke about the plans for this summer’s transfer window. He hinted that there was possibly a couple of ‘things’ in place.
This is what the head coach said at the time:
“Yeah, there’s plans of course. There’s a lot of water under the bridge until then but we have two or three things in place.
“I’m sure all of us are not naive enough to not address the Bosman situation. It’s always a good one for any club. We are in the process of that like everybody else does, I suppose.
“That’s no secret. We’re working away to see who is out of contract and who might be available.”
This opens the door to speculation that Newcastle have started the planning for some free agents moves.
While there are some excellent players whose contracts run out in 2020 like PSV’s Gaston Pereiro or Nice’s Malang Sarr, there should be plenty of money available, especially if there are no additions this winter.
There is likely some preliminary work underway on some of our top transfer targets. The Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly seems to think that’s the case.
During the Chronicle’s Q&A on Wednesday, Kelly was asked about Newcastle’s transfer plans in both January and the summer. This is some of what he had to say:
“Plans for the summer have already started, though, and there are things in place.
“It is worth remembering Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Willems were aware of Newcastle’s interest several months before their summer moves and the Magpies look to do the vast majority of their business in the summer.”
Kelly makes an apt point that all three of these summer transfers were in play well before they actually happened. The Joelinton and Saint-Maximin transfers were being worked on last winter.
So hopefully, we’ll have a smoother window without the drama of a coaching search. It’s a big offseason for Newcastle with so many players who will either be out of contract or have just one year remaining. We could see a lot of activity both in and out of the club.
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