According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United are planning to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, Matz Sels and Achraf Lazaar this summer.
With safety all but secured, attentions will be turning to another massive summer for the club – and it looks like Rafa is planning to be ruthless.
Five of the six names mentioned here have been out on loan this season, however it seems Benitez has already made his mind up, and we don’t blame him.
Mitrovic has impressed with a stunning 11 goals in 12 for Fulham but it just seems like his future is away from St James’ Park, whilst Chancel Mbemba is another who, despite being an promising talent, is someone Rafa just doesn’t seem to fancy.
Colback, Sels, Saivet and Lazaar have endured relatively uninspiring loan moves away to Forest, Anderlecht, Sivasspor and Benevento respectively, so they’re a bunch who don’t look good enough to threaten the first-team fold.
Not only that, there’s too many players attached to the club right now, so offloading will take the strain off the wage bill and release a decent amount of money that Benitez will be hoping to spend this summer.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle confirming the six Rafa looks set to cash in on over the coming months – including those whose contracts are also expiring:
Newcastle are looking to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer and could command a fee of up to £20million for the Serbian striker after his goal rush with Fulham with the Cottagers set to get first refusal on the ex-Anderlecht man.
The likes of Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, Chancel Mbemba, Matz Sels, and Achraf Lazaar will also be allowed to leave.
Newcastle will also free up part of their wage budget by releasing Curtis Good, Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara, Stuart Findlay, and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.
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