On Thursday morning, Sky Sports have given a ‘state of play’ update on the summer transfer window for each of the 20 Premier League clubs.
They won’t have needed very long to write up the Newcastle United one.
As you can see below, they have given the bare basics.
The £4m Dubravka purchase, as well as free transfer Ki Sung-yueng and loan signing Kenedy. As well as then Mikel Merino out for £10m and the likes of Haidara (and Gamez) released at the end of their contracts.
Sky Sports give ‘key rumours’ for each club and this sums up where we are at…despite being in profit so far this window, they say that the potential signing of Salamon Rondon for £16m can only happen if we sell Mitrovic beforehand, for more money.
Under ‘Where are we at’ for Newcastle United, they make reference to Rafa Benitez having to ‘wheel and deal’, as the manager revealed this week. ‘Wheel and deal’ is of course really just simply Mike Ashley has allowed the manager nothing to spend, so he has to sell players if he wants to buy anybody.
What exciting times we live in…
Summer transfer window state of play: Where each Premier League club stand ahead of new season
With just three weeks to go until the start of the new Premier League season, we take a look at how each club have fared so far in the transfer market.
For the first time, the summer window will shut for top-flight clubs before the opening match of the campaign kicks off when Manchester United host Leicester City, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Friday August 10.
That means there is not long to go for managers to bolster their squads and here is where the 20 Premier League sides currently stand with their transfer business…
Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, undisclosed), Ki Sung-yueng (free), Kenedy (Chelsea, loan)
Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Massadio Haidara (Lens, free)
According to SSN, Newcastle have spoken to West Brom about signing Salomon Rondon, but are unlikely to meet the striker’s £16m release clause unless they sell forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Where are we at?
Rafael Benitez has admitted he must “wheel and deal” in this summer’s transfer market after bringing in Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng and Kenedy.
And skipper Jamaal Lascelles says he is concentrating on playing for the club next season, despite interest from West Ham.