After both were linked with moves to Tyneside late last night, it’s now been confirmed that the club have made moves to sign the Atletico Madrid winger and Monaco left-back – with the Chronicle now claiming that we are looking at loan moves with an option to buy.
Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s latest piece, stating that Ashley gave Rafa the green light to sign both after a ‘short meeting’ over the weekend:
‘Newcastle United have submitted a loan offer for Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca – with Rafa Benitez keen to get a double deal done in time for the weekend.
‘Sources in Spain this morning also confirmed an approach for Atletico Madrid’s Gelson Martins after Benitez had moves for both players sanctioned by Mike Ashley following a short meeting at the weekend.
‘Both deals are loan offers until the end of the season with scope for permanent moves afterwards, but for Benitez the main concern is bringing in the required cover for his squad.’
It suddenly feels like the club are showing some form of urgency – which is interesting after yesterday’s news that Rafa would definitely quit in the summer if TWO players didn’t sign between now and deadline day.
That said, it sounds like Rafa’s top targets have been ignored once again, with Lee Ryder suggesting below that nor Marins or Barreca were at the top of Rafa’s wanted list:
Almiron seems to be the signing Rafa REALLY wants, however a deal to sign Gelson Martins would be considered quite a coup for the club – especially when so many weren’t expecting us to sign anybody this month.
Time will tell if we can get both ‘over the line’..