Date: 15th May 2018 at 5:45pm
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Martin Dubravka is still waiting to hear whether Newcastle United will take up the option to sign him permanently this summer, according to the Chronicle

The newspaper report that manager Rafa Benitez is keen to exercise the £4million clause that would see Dubravka make his January loan from Sparta Prague permanent, with the 6ft 1in Slovakian also desperate to stay at St. James’ Park.

The Chronicle claim however that no decisions will be made on summer transfers until Benitez’s future at the club is resolved, with talks between the Spaniard and the club planned for the coming days.

Good move for Newcastle United?

Absolutely.

The 29-year-old Slovakia international has applied himself perfectly to the challenge of the Premier League since his January arrival, and has been mightily impressive between the sticks for Newcastle.

Dubravka’s distribution and communication have been highlights of his play, which are two aspects of a goalkeeper’s arsenal that were possibly not seen enough at the club from his predecessors.

£4million is a very reasonable price to pay for his services, and this move is a no-brainer for the club.

Nothing but Newcastle rating: 9/10

Likely to happen?

This one looks like it depends on the future of Benitez, who is yet to commit himself to the Magpies.

The Spaniard is said to be seeking certain assurances, mainly financial, before agreeing a new contract at St. James’ Park.

Once that is all sorted, which should be in the next week or so, then Dubravka will likely become the club’s first signing of the summer.

Nothing but Newcastle rating: 9/10