REVEALED – The TWO positions Rafa Benitez will now look to strengthen at NUFC this summer

Following the signing of winger Jacob Murphy and the imminent arrival of Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquillo, The Chronicle have revealed that Rafa Benitez will now turn his attentions to a striker and a goalkeeper.

Starting with strikers, Daryl Murphy’s £2m move to Nottingham Forest is expected to go through today, with his departure opening the door and freeing up the wage bill for the arrival of a striker or two at St. James’ Park.

Benitez has clear reservations about Aleksandar Mitrovic – who looks certain to be sold if the right offer comes in – and he will not be prepared to rely on Dwight Gayle, despite his impressive tally of 23 goals in the Championship last season.

Potential targets looks likely to include Andre Gray, Michy Batshuayi (loan), Diego Rolan or Willian Jose according to recent reports.

On the goalkeeper front, Tim Krul and Karl Darlow’s look set to lie elsewhere, with Benitez believed to want a new number one signed to offer competition to Rob Elliot and the promising Freddie Woodman.



When speaking about Rob Elliot earlier this week, Benitez confirmed his intentions to buy a new goalkeeper:

“He is a good goalkeeper but I want him to compete.

“You can’t have players that think this is easy because they are the only one in that position.

 

“Hopefully we can bring in a new goalkeeper, and this competition will be good for the team.”

Pepe Reina is widely known to be Rafa’s number one target, but that deal looks increasingly unlikely.

West Ham’s Adrian, Real Madrid’s Kiko Casilla and Alphonse Areola of PSG are three alternate options that we have been credited with an interest in and could be ones to watch.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “REVEALED – The TWO positions Rafa Benitez will now look to strengthen at NUFC this summer

  1. What I’d like to know is when we are going to outlay some REAL money on players, especially a top striker and a classy midfield creator.
    Selling Krul, Darlow, Murphy and along with the reported £6m from Everton for young Gibson, should be more than enough to add to what we have left in our budget to acquire those top positions and a competent keeper.
    This club needs to start getting its finger out of its backside and get moving.

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