Rafa Benitez has offered an update on Newcastle’s transfer progress, suggesting the club are playing a waiting game in their attempts to push through a deal for summer signing number six.
It is understood that a striker is now top of Benitez’s wish-list and the gaffer had the following to say to the Shields Gazette when asked if the club were close to a breakthrough:
“We are working on that, but it’s not an easy transfer window.
“We have to wait and see if we can do something.”
Ambitious moves for Arsenal’s Lucas Perez and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa have been suggested this week, with interest in the pair confirmed.
It is worth noting, however, that any deal for either of the above may rely on player sales – which would explain this potential ‘waiting game’ – with the club known to be actively pursuing the sale of Haidara, Riviere, Saivet and such like.
Given our need for further additions, the importance of player sales may be lost on a few of us, but Newcastle have well over 30 senior players on their books, and with that number needing to be cut considerably when Benitez picks his 25-man squad for the coming season, it’s easy to see why several must be sold before anymore can come in.
With a month left of the summer transfer window, there’s still time left for NUFC to make some much needed signings, but for now, outgoings appear essential and deadwood must be flogged.