It appears to be ‘business as usual’ at Newcastle United despite the reported interest of the Saudi-backed consortium.
Northern Echo are reporting that Lee Charnley has been tasked with stepping up plans for the summer transfer window.
Steve Bruce has also taken the winter break to hold several meetings with Newcastle’s scouting and recruitment team.
There has been a recent flurry of names surfacing as possible summer targets. One of the more concrete ones is Brentford’s Said Benrahma, who Newcastle had a scout watch on Saturday, along with his teammates Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo.
There should be a lot of transfer activity this summer with Newcastle only bringing in three loan players last month. The money that was reportedly available should go straight into the summer pot.
We could see Newcastle trigger the purchase clauses for both Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro to make them permanent members of the squad. Both players seem to be thrilled with joining Newcastle.
Hopefully, they can help Newcastle mount a charge up the league as well as continue to advance in the FA Cup.
Unfortunately, we’ll also see a few players move on this summer as well. With so many players having their contracts run out by 2021, Newcastle may be forced to offload some of them.
Players like DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Atsu, and Dwight Gayle will become expendable with just one year remaining on their deals. However, there are others like Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Jonjo Shelvey, and Fabian Schar, who we would like to see given extensions.
It apparently will go down to the wire on others with less than six months remaining. Federico Fernandez, Javier Manquillo, and Karl Darlow could leave as free agents if they aren’t offered new deals.
Newcastle have plenty to sort out before the summer window opens. So it’s a good thing they are starting the preparations ahead of time.