Newcastle fans were expecting Martin Dubravka to be quickly confirmed as the first signing of the summer.
The 29 year old was outstanding once he took over in goal last season, conceding only 11 goals in 12 Premier League matches and helping Newcastle to a run of five wins and a draw in a seven game run that saw PL safety reached.
Martin Dubravka helped Newcastle beat three of the top six in his appearances with previously only one point taken from them, with wins over Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea.
With a very low buying clause amount it looks a no-brainer.
Although in their report today, sport.sk over in Slovakia say that the buying clause is actually 6m euros (approx £5.3m) and not the widely quoted £4m, either way though it is a massive bargain that needs to be snapped up quickly. The £5.3m figure would also be a new record for a goalkeeper sold by any club in the Czech Republic.
As for the potential move, Martin Dubravka says that everything hinges around Rafa Benitez.
The keeper’s loan deal ends in a week’s time and Dubravka says that in those remaining seven days he understands that this is when Rafa Benitez’ future will also be sorted, whether he stays or goes at Newcastle.
The Slovakian international appears to be saying it is nailed on that he will sign for Newcastle if Rafa Benitez stays at St James Park but if he goes…?
Well, we don’t want to think about just what would follow if that disaster did happen, it wouldn’t just be Dubravka’s position in doubt.
Martin Dubravka (as reported by Sport.sk):
“My loan lasts until 31 May and by then everything should be sorted [one way or anther].
“Everything is based on whether or not coach Rafa Benitez will stay or go.
“All potential transfers will begin after this at the club.
“This week will show whether Rafa Benitez will remain.
“Then we will see how my own situation develops.
“The people at the club told me that they were happy and would like me to stay.
“As I said, everything depends on Rafa Benitez.
“I firmly believe my chance [of staying] is high and over the next few days it will definitely be sorted.”