With both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot out of contract this summer, Bruce will need to bring in another goalkeeper to challenge Martin Dubravka as Newcastle’s number one.
It’s likely too early for Freddie Woodman, whose contract runs out in 2021, to test the Slovakian. Though Freddie has done well on loan Swansea and Newcastle should do their best to get him signed long term.
Steve Bruce will want to have three first-team goalkeepers next season, so we’ll definitely be in the market for some next year. Hopefully, it’ll be someone who can push Dubravka for his place.
A player that Newcastle were linked with last May that could still be on the radar is Nice shot-stopper Walter Benitez. The 27-year-old is out of contract this summer and has spoken in the past of his desire to play in the Premier League.
Walter Benitez– free agent in the summer
This is what the Argentine had to say when asked about interest in him from Premier League clubs last year:
“I like the Premier League. It’s a very important league and I would like to play there one day.
“I don’t think that moving to England is the only way for me to be in the Argentinian team because the main thing is my performances.”
“But to play in the Premier League would probably be good for my chances in the national team.”
Benitez had an outstanding campaign last season for Nice. He led all goalkeepers in Europe’s top five leagues with an 81% save percentage for shots on target as well as keeping 16 clean sheets.
Nice have been trying for some time to tie Benitez down but so far have been unsuccessful. This is what Benitez had to say last month about his contract situation:
“I am concentrated. I am calm. We are discussing with the club, with my agent (Mino Raiola).
“He is dealing with my future. We will see in a few days. We have had some discussions recently. Things are advancing little by little.
“I would like us to either sign or not in a few days or weeks. It is important for me but also for the club.
“Nice is not an obstacle to me getting into the Argentinian national team. Scaloni (the national team manager) watches some of my matches.”
Hopefully, Newcastle are monitoring Benitez’s situation at Nice. Bruce has mentioned in the past that Newcastle will look to try and bring in some free agents this summer.
A player of Walter Benitez’s quality would be an outstanding addition, especially on a free.