Newcastle United’s summer transfer masterplan is to bring in six new signings, according to the Chronicle.
The regional newspaper claim manager Rafael Benitez is already working on a second incoming deal after the Magpies clinched the capture of Martin Dubravka on Wednesday night.
The Chronicle report five more signings are planned, with Benitez keen to bring in a right-back, a central midfielder, winger, and a centre-forward.
At least, Newcastle have made a decent start to the window. The capture of Dubravka was on the cards after managing director Lee Charnley sealed a loan-to-buy deal in January, and it is noticeable that Benitez praised him for such foresight. Can the Magpies land the other five signings in time for the start of the new season? And will they be of the calibre needed to push the team into the top 10 again next season? The key for Benitez and the recruitment team is to reinforce the front line, with a centre-forward capable of scoring 15 league goals the A1 priority. The problem is such players cost big money, and the manager’s transfer kitty of around £40million plus the fees from the sold players is dwarfed by those of rival clubs. If Aleksandar Mitrovic can be sold for a £20million-plus fee, that could give Benitez the funds needed to bring in blue-chip spearhead who could frighten Premier League defences next season.