Rafa Benitez is ‘determined’ to get the signing of Martin Dubravka completed early this summer according to the Chronicle, with interest mounting from Italy, Germany and England – even if NUFC have the first option to sign him permanently.
An initial loan deal for the Slovakian international cost the club £1.8m in January and it’s since been confirmed that we have the option to sign him permanently for another £4m – meaning he looks set to cost the club just shy of £6m in total.
Fortunately we have the ‘first option’ to sign the stopper, with the Chronicle confirming here that he’s already attracting interest across Europe’s top divisions:
“Newcastle paid an initial £1.8million loan fee for the 29-year-old, while they have an option to make his move to Tyneside permanent for a further £4m this summer.
“It is fortunate Newcastle have first option on Dubravka, because clubs in Germany, Italy and England are already showing an interest.
“Acquiring Dubravka for less than £6m in total really would be a bargain in the current market – and Rafa Benitez is determined that the United hierarchy get this one wrapped up early this summer.”
He was outstanding on his debut against Man Utd and his standards have barely slipped since, with him being our best player despite Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford.
He’s calm, communicates well, seems comfortable with the ball, confident from crosses and has also shown some impressive reflexes too.
For just £5.8m, what a bargain he looks set to be.