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.