It looks sure to be another busy summer for Newcastle United.

A year ago Rafa Benitez oversaw a massive change in personnel, as over 40 players arrived or left.

There were 11 senior players signed permanently in summer 2016, as well as Christian Atsu on a loan with a permanent option.

That summer window also saw some 18 players (both first team and younger) go out on loan, as well as the high profile sales of Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Janmaat and Townsend, plus the release of Coloccini, Taylor, Marveaux and Obertan.

Many of those 18 who went out on loan were always going to face an uncertain future when returning to Newcastle this summer and a media report appears to confirm that.

The Chronicle say that their information is that at least eight players have been put up for sale by Rafa Benitez, which includes some of the high profile ones who have been out on loan.

Siem de Jong, Henri Saivet and Emmanuel Riviere are named as all up for sale to the highest (any?) bidder, whilst Tim Krul surely can be added to that list with only a year of his contract remaining and Newcastle having a number of options currently, as well as the high likelihood of a new number one arriving.

As well as those players who have been out on loan, the Chronicle also say that they understand Grant Hanley, Daryl Murphy, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, and Massadio Haidara, are all looking for new clubs with Newcastle wanting to move them on.

As always though, moving on the players you don’t want is one of the hardest jobs, as unsurprisingly rival clubs are a bit more interested in those that you want to keep.

Rafa Benitez has already shown that he will be ruthless at Newcastle when it comes to team selection, both in the Premier League and in the Championship. Wijnaldum and Captain Jamaal Lascelles being just two examples of players who the United boss has dropped in his time at the club.

I am sure he will be no different when it comes to moving on players who he feels don’t fit into his vision of the future in the Premier League, no matter their reputation or what they achieved in the promotion campaign.

Hopefully he will have been given the freedom to cut deals and get players out of the squad, to both add money to his transfer budget and make room for his own signings, with savings on wages as well.

I think there will also be others heading out of the door if a buyer can be found, with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba just two of them, having been sidelined for the vast majority of last season by Rafa Benitez.

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  • Toon fan

    I will be surprised if newcastle manage to flog some of these players. If they could sell all of those players mentioned £40mil could be raised off fees.

    • Alex

      Care to give a breakdown of how you’d raise £40m off that shower, please?

      • Jimblag23

        £4m Lazaar
        £2m Haidara
        £9m Mitro
        £1m de Jong
        £0.5m Rivierre
        £4m Hanley
        £2m Murphy
        £3m Colback

        = £25.5m if we’re extremely lucky.

        • Alex

          Probably a reasonable call for those eight, but Mitro wasn’t in the 8 concerned. Swap Mitro for Saivet, and you’re well, well under £20m

        • Paul Patterson

          Lazaar £4m? Good luck with that..

          • Jimblag23

            Well as you can see, I said we’d need luck. 🤤

            But he’s young and it’s a only a year on from when we paid a similar fee.

        • HarryHype59

          Doubt any one will pay 4m for Murphy.

        • Alreet

          4 mil for lazaar isnt bad. Might get a bit more for de jong but the rest are spot on. U forgot saivet but hes a write off. And if we clear the decks. The wage bill and 20 odd mill ill be over the moon.

      • Toon fan

        It mentions flogging Mitrovic and Mbemba

  • Alex

    De Jong, Saivet and Riviere – Good God, man! If somebody offered a set of strips for all three, I’d take their hand off.

  • TheNutJob

    Is that all ?

  • Stephen Paylor

    It would be the making of a legend if Rafa reintegrated Krul, Saivet, De Jong and Riviere and got them to fulfill the promise we had the day they were signed originally. A long shot but it would really show his ability.

  • MadMag83

    Thought he’d like a second look at some of the returning loan players before deciding on their future. The likes of Saviet and Lazaar have hardly played a game!

  • Allan Kidd

    Why isn’t Anita on the list….no way is he a Premier League player.

    • p_dun

      He’s Out of Contract…already gone