Kenedy is an obvious target after a successful loan spell last season and Sky Sports have confirmed that we’re in talks to sign Townsend and Plea in recent dats (having allegedly made a £27m bid for the latter).
With that in mind, it’s clear that all three are high on Benitez’s priority and it’s very promising to hear that they are also keen to make the move happen in return.
Starting with Kenedy and Plea, here’s what Luke Edwards had to say during his latest piece for the Telegraph, admitting that both are keen to sign for the club:
‘Newcastle have had a bid rejected for Nice striker Alassane Plea, who is valued at around £27m, with West Ham also in the hunt to sign the 25-year-old. The Magpies have been told to raise their offer or lose out on the player, who is keen to play for manager Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park.
‘Newcastle are also trying to land Chelsea winger Kenedy for around £20m and the player is keen to sign for the club permanently after spending the second-half of last season on loan on Tyneside.’
It’s very good to hear, but it’s worth remembering that it may take over £50m to sign the two – and money talks!
Then to Townsend. Here’s what the Chronicle have had to say when revealing his thoughts on a potential return to Tyneside:
Townsend himself is aware of United’s interest and is open to a move back to the North-East this summer with the winger ruling nothing out providing he gets regular game-time.
He is someone Benitez never wanted to leave in the first place – the Spaniard tried to convince Townsend to stay three times once Crystal Palace activated the £13m release clause in his deal two years ago – and United have been keen on a reunion with the winger ever since.
Promising to hear – with all three being signings Benitez seems very keen to pull off – however it’s worth reiterating that this means NOTHING if we don’t submit acceptable offers.