NUFC reporter reveals the left-back Rafa will now try to sign after Lukaku deal falls through

After a deal for Jordan Lukaku fell through last night, the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder claims Newcastle will now turn their attentions back to Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca.

It was reported on Monday that we had submitted a loan bid to sign Barreca, however it seems we then opted to pursue a deal for Lazio’s Lukaku instead.

With a move for the Belgian now being off after a failed medical was confirmed last night, it seems Benitez will now go back in for Barreca.

Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s piece:

‘Newcastle United’s deal to sign Jordan Lukaku on loan has been called off.

‘United will now turn back to Monaco’s Antonio Barreca as they look to find cover for Paul Dummett.’

It would not surprise me if we’ve now missed out chance with Barreca, however. Not just because we’d be back for sloppy seconds, but based on the fact he may no longer be available.

It was reported earlier in the week that Thierry Henry had sanctioned his potential loan move, however the ex-Arsenal striker has now been sacked by Monaco – and his reported replacement Leonardo Jardim is the man who actually played Barreca before he was dismissed by Monaco just a few months ago (so he may well want to keep him).

Who knows how things will pan out over the next 6 days. A window that should’ve been pivotal in keeping Benitez at the club and boosting our survival hopes has quickly become an absolute farce.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “NUFC reporter reveals the left-back Rafa will now try to sign after Lukaku deal falls through

  1. Why don’t you Castle United try to sign yannick bolasie from Everton on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy makes perfect sense


  2. Barreca? Has he not been rubbished by a pundit in the Italian league? Mind you, sounds about right that we go after 3rd rate players the majority of the time nowadays. Another Manqillo? Are we building a side for the Championship already.


  3. Here we are in NEXIT, Rafa saying he will not sign a new contract unless we sign players, the fat man saying he will not sign players unless Rafa signs. I can see the merit in both positions, however this is hurting the club. This is no different to the American government shut down. Something as to give,we have two stubborn men who cannot see further than today. I also feel Rafa does not have faith in the youth system.


  4. Love your last paragraph – choice journalism that – great insight, good word-craft.
    Yeah. Well done, Olly.


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