The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will sign central midfielder Nabil Bentaleb this summer; he’s been on loan at the club since January.
Bruce has said often that Bentaleb was playing well in training, but he was never match-fit and never showed what he can do in the first-team games.
But Bruce is an admirer of the former Tottenham and current Schalke 04 midfielder.
It seems that Schalke 04 and Newcastle have agreed a price of £8.5M for the midfielder this summer, and that looks like a good deal for the Magpies.
But we wonder what message that sends to young Marry Longstaff, who is yet to sign a new deal for Newcastle and could leave the club this summer for just £400K.
Is this another tragic error being made by Newcastle?
Nabil Bentaleb – Bruce wants to sign him this summer
Isaac Hayden has also become unsettled at Newcastle, and in the summer the former Arsenal player will have just one year left on his current contract, and he may even want to leave again.
Another favorite of the Newcastle manager is England International left-back Danny Rose – and he is another one of the loan players that Bruce wants to sign this summer.
Currently, there is no fee agreed between Tottenham and Newcastle for Rose, and that could be a sticking point with Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy, usually (always) wanting big money for his players.
Rose is also said to be on at least £60K/week and that may be a problem for Mike Ashley.
Both Rose and Bentaleb are very keen to join Newcastle permanently to reignite their careers.
There will also be a clearout of players who have no future at the club – players like Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet, and Christian Atsu will be put up for sale.
And the contracts of Jamie Sterry, Jack Colback, and Rob Elliot end this summer, and all will become free agents and off the wage bill of Newcastle.
These incoming and even outgoing transfers could all change if there is a change of ownership this summer – which is still a possibility.
And there will likely be a change of manager if we get new owners at the club,