The lack of Newcastle United signings was always going to be a talking point with each passing day that goes by.
With 15 days until pre-season training begins and 55 days until the Premier League kicks off, fans want to see quality players arriving as soon as possible, to give them a chance to fit into the squad and ensure as tight a unit as possible starts the season for NUFC.
The presence of Rafa Benitez and trust in him, ensures that nobody is going over the top about the fact there has been plenty of talk/speculation and no action, apart from Christian Atsu’s loan turning into a permanent deal.
That deal had to be done within so many days of the Championship season ending, for Newcastle to get the previously agreed price of £6.2m.
So who is going to be the first ‘new’ signing of this summer?
Reading the Chronicle website on Sunday morning, they make the worrying claim that according to their sources, having failed to sell unwanted players so far, has helped hold up Newcastle bringing in players themselves.
The Chronicle 18 June 2017:
“One of the factors delaying (transfer) business is the number of players Newcastle need to move on.
“Up to eight players who played significant numbers of games this season may go but United know their wages are a sticking point for many interested Championship clubs.”
The ridiculous transfer policy that saw Ashley/Carr giving massive six year contracts to the likes of Emmanuel Riviere and Siem de Jong has massively backfired.
That pair and many others still on Newcastle’s books, are on Premier League wages but are well off the standard needed.
The Chronicle suggest Newcastle are keen to sell eight players who played a part in the promotion season and of course this doesn’t include the many players who were out on loan, such as Riviere, de Jong, Krul and Saivet.
Two players who were out on loan last season have been sold, Thauvin for around £10m to Marseille and Kevin Mbabu to BSC Young Boys with an undisclosed fee.
When it comes to the eight who did play a part in the Championship but allegedly are up for sale, at an educated guess I would put up names such as Sels, Darlow, Hanley, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Colback, Lazaar, Diame, Haidara and Gamez as possibles, with some of them not even featuring significantly in the second tier.
Surely though the Chronicle have to be wide of the mark in claiming that failing to sell is holding up any Newcastle United signings at this stage, in the past the likes of Pardew and McClaren would have just sat there and taken it but you can’t believe Rafa would do the same.
If he has credible signings that he wants to put to bed now, surely Mike Ashley and his minions wouldn’t be putting the block on them now, just as they did in January?
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