Tuesday morning has brought claims that Rafa Benitez wants to bring David Luiz to Newcastle in January.
The Shields Gazette says that after building up a good relationship when the pair were together at Chelsea, Rafa intends to sign the Brazilian international on loan if Chelsea are prepared to let him go.
David Luiz started eight Premier League matches by the end of October but injuries and a fall out with Antonio Conte have disrupted his season.
A knee problem ruled him out of games in November but he did come back and play in the 4-0 Champions League win at Qarabag.
However, Conte didn’t put the defender/midfielder back into his Premier League side, David Luiz an unused substitute against West Brom and Liverpool.
Andreas Christensen has established himself in Luiz’ absence and the Chelsea boss looks keen to give the 21 year old a run in the team.
After getting fit once again in late November, the knee problem than flared up again.
So for any Newcastle loan deal to happen, you would need the injury to clear up, Conte willing to let the player go, Mike Ashley prepared to pay top wages and a significant loan fee, as well as David Luiz choosing NUFC over numerous other options he would have, if available.
So maybe a loan move to Tyneside looks a little unlikely…
The January transfer window opens in only 13 days time and older experienced players on loan, who are out of favour at top clubs, would hopefully be a realistic route for Rafa Benitez to go.
However, with Mike Ashley appearing to block that in the summer, with only younger players signed with potential resale value, we have to just hope that Rafa Benitez is given a realistic budget with total freedom to bring in who he chooses.
“We have to try to bring the best players possible for us now and that means if you have a player on loan who’s quite good now, then we have to do it.
“There are not too many options (for January) with Premier League experience, with the maximum level and the right personality, so it’s not easy.
“But you have to do your research everywhere.”