Monday morning sees claims that Newcastle United are makingย a move for Peter Gulacsi.

The 27 year old goalkeeper saw his career take off when brought in as number one at Red Bull Salzburg in summer 2013, going on to win the Swiss league in his two seasons there.

He was then moved on in summer 2015 to another Red Bull club, this time Leipzig.

The club were in the second tier of German football and Peter Gulacsi took over as first choice keeper in the second half of the season after injury to Fabio Coltorti, helping them to finish runners-up and get promotion to the Bundesliga.

Backed by the Red Bull cash, Leipzig spent a relative fortune for a promoted club in Germany, forking out over ยฃ50m in summer 2016, with another four players moving over from the Red Bull Salzburg side.

The net result being a quite amazing second place in the Bundesliga last season, 15 points behind Bayern Munich but of course getting Champions League football.

Despite that, Leipzig are getting a lot of transfer pressure on some of their star players and ESPN say that their sources in Germany have informed them that Rafa Benitez has made clear he wants to bring Peter Gulacsi to Newcastle.

After missing out on the likes of Cabellero and Reina, the NUFC boss is said to have identified the Hungarian international as the experienced number one that he wants.

Playing 33 of last season’s 34 league games, only Champions Bayern Munich and fourth placed Hoffenheim conceded less goals than the 39 which RB Leipzig and Peter Gulacsi leaked.

To be fair, ESPN are one of the more reliable media organisations and whilst transfer stories will always have a high fail rate, they have been the first with the news on a number of occasions in the past.

There is an extra strand to this one as well, with Rafa Benitez having signed Gulacsi for Liverpool from MTK Budapest when the keeper was 17.

Pepe Reina was number one and the Hungarian goalkeeper went out on a series of loans to Hereford, Tranmere and Hull to get experience, but never managed to get further than the bench for Liverpool. Gulacsi was allowed to leave on a free to Salzburg at the age of 23 in 2013, three years after Rafa himself had left Anfield.

After being linked with very experienced keepers who would cost little or nothing but massive wages, such as Reina and Caballero, this is almost the direct opposite. Peter Gulacsi is at 27 just about in his prime as a goalkeeper and has many years ahead of him and whilst you wouldn’t imagine wages being such a problem, much could depend on what Leipzig are demanding – if indeed Rafa Benitez is interested in taking on the goalkeeper once again.

  • Mrkgw

    Have we not already got sufficiently good goalkeepers at the club? Sels did not make the grade and so, why this obsession with bringing in a replacement for those already established, tried and tested?

    • Nope, none of our keepers is real class. Benitez wants a sweeper-keeper who has authority.

      • Cuh736

        Benitez doesn’t strike me as a sweeper keeper seeker. Has he ever sought a sweeper? Don’t think he’ll be too keen now either

    • Franzcarrsuperstar

      We don’t have any goalkeepers that are good enough…

  • No way this is happening. Players in top German clubs rarely leave unless a top 3 Prem Side offers huge wages. Why would Gulacsi give up on Champions League football and come fight a relegation battle in England?

    • Leazes Ender

      He spent seven years as a Liverpool Player mostly out on loan between 2007 – 2012, Rafa spent his time shipping him out.

      • Martin

        Of course you’d find a way to write a negative spin on it.

        • Leazes Ender

          It the truth chump, why would Rafa suddenly want a low grade keeper when we already have a surfeit.

          • TheNutJob

            As Jack Nicholson would say “you can`t handle the truth”

    • MadMag83

      Yeah don’t see why he would want to move. Particularly to play for a manager who didn’t show any faith in him at Liverpool.

  • Tony

    Salzburg did well to win Swiss league while playing in Austria!

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  • Kneebotherm8

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn,not another potential signing. I believe it only when they’ve signed on the dotted line. Pretty underwhelming,this one,anyway. Let’s make up a few striker signings ,they’d be much more interesting.

  • TheNutJob

    Pards is long gone, Geordie John left to cause riots in Cyprus, McMuppet left then Carr left but noughts changed has it

  • Steve Pearce

    Why we would sign any player associated with one of the worst tasting drinks in human history is beyond me. Red Bull and its copyists are in fact made out of treated human sewage mixed with caffeine and sugar and any player from a team owned by them will be a gibbering twitching wreck who will be barely able to function on a basic human level…..