Late Tuesday morning sees Sky Sports reporting that their information is that Martin Dubravka will become a permanent Newcastle signing very soon.
They say that the 29 year is set to sign on at St James Park, with the broadcaster confirming that the buyout clause included in the loan arrangement, is indeed £4m.
It would be an incredible bargain if everything goes through smoothly, as the Slovakian keeper has been in incredible form.
To come into the Premier League after a career spent in the weak Slovakian, Danish and Czech Republic leagues, then look absolutely at home and a key reason for wins over the likes of Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea…outstanding.
Sky Sports say that Martin Dubravka will be Rafa’s first signing of the summer and with the Summer Transfer Window opening on Thursday (as revealed by Sky Sports on Monday), it would be a massive lift for everybody if this one is banked so early.
Whilst it would seemingly take significant movement for Rafa Benitez to commit to a new contract for himself in the near future, no reason why Dubravka can’t be sorted regardless.
Last summer, Christian Atsu was confirmed as a permanent Newcastle signing on 24 May 2017, his loan having contained a £6m buyout clause.
So no reason why we can’t have the same with the Slovakian number one.
Difficult to believe that Martin Dubravka has only played 12 games for Newcastle United.
It seems a long time ago since Rafa Benitez was flipping between Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot, with clearly neither of them good enough to be a Premier League number one.
With only 11 goals conceded in his 12 games, compared to the 36 conceded in the other 26 matches, there has been a clear improvement.
However, what our eyes tell us as well, is that his commanding presence in the box has also given confidence to those in front of them, and improved their games also.
Martin Dubravka was thrown in for his debut against Man Utd and in his opening seven games, Newcastle won five and got one draw, taking them to early Premier League safety.