According to an exclusive from TEAMtalk, Newcastle are now looking to sign Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on a season-long loan deal – with Benitez looking to bring in both him AND Salomon Rondon.
It’s best to take this one with a pinch of salt given this source reckoned we’d agreed a deal for Salomon Rondon last week, however Welbeck could well be a realistic option for Rafa.
He’s been told he is NOT in Unai Emery’s long-term plans at Arsenal and will no doubt seek a move away this summer as a result.
Here’s a snippet from TEAMtalk’s latest piece, claiming we’re now readying a loan offer to bring him to St James’ Park for the 2018/19 season:
‘TEAMtalk understands Newcastle United are ready to offer Danny Welbeck a chance to kick-start his career on Tyneside after it emerged he was not part of Unai Emery’s long-term plans at Arsenal.
‘Newcastle are low on transfer funds and are ready to make a loan offer to Arsenal, which would see them take on Welbeck’s sizeable wage packet which is in excess of £100,000-a-week.
‘Arsenal would ideally like to get money for the 27-year-old, who went to the World Cup finals with England, but the interest is relatively low given his poor injury record, meaning few are looking to take a chance on a huge financial package for the former Manchester United ace.
‘Everton have also been linked, but Newcastle hope that if Welbeck does move on-loan, they could be an appealing option to the player and also Arsenal.
‘It’s understood that Arsenal do not see Rafa Benitez’s men as rivals to them, unlike the Toffees, who could challenge them for a top-six finish this season.
‘Benitez also wants West Brom’s Salomon Rondon in attack, but he would love to bring in Welbeck too.’
One issue could be wages, with him currently on ‘in excess’ of £100,000 a week according to the TEAMtalk, although this could be a deal that would suit all parties if a compromise was met.
Would you take Welbeck for the season?