It sounds ambitious given our lack fo spending so far, however there’s hope that some money may now be released with Mitrovic and Mbemba set to earn us over £25m ahead of ‘imminent’ moves to Fulham and Porto respectively.
Not only that, we also received £10m for Merino just last week, so there should be money there to spend soon enough – although logic fairly plays much of a part when Mike Ashley is concerned!
Rondon is clearly a target of Rafa’s – and it’s hoped we’ll activate his £16.5m release clause once the Mitrovic deal goes through – however Mainz striker Muto is a name slightly more out of the blue. A loan deal for Everton’s Vlasic would also be slightly left field.
Here’s a snippet from the Mail’s latest piece on the deals Benitez is looking to do as a result of Mitrovic’s imminent sale:
“Newcastle want Salomon Rondon from West Brom and Yoshinori Muto of Mainz.
“They have also discussed a potential loan for Everton’s Nikola Vlasic.”
Vlasic on a temporary basis seems a cheap and realistic deal, being a promising talent Everton would probably benefit from loaning out – although I’m not sure another winger will actually be a priority?
With Muto valued at around £14m according to German press and Rondon set to cost £16.5m, it seems ambitious to believe we’d sign both – however it’s about time we started spending.
After all, the club took in £123m last season after a year back in the top flight, we’ve just received the latest instalment of Premier League cash (said to around £40-50m) and player sales look set to raise a further £35 plus once Merino, Mbemba and Mitrovic’s sales are taken into account.
Fingers crossed folks – I’ll take anyone who’s a slight upgrade on our current options at this stage.