Date: 13th July 2019 at 4:30pm
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Tottenham, Manchester United, and Aston Villa are all interested in signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, according to the Daily Mail.

The 6’3″ stopper [Transfermarkt] is understood to have been unsettled by Rafa Benitez’s exit, and talks over a new contract have stalled.

The report suggests that Dubravka is valued at around £12 million by the Magpies, and that Villa lead the race to snap him up.

OPINION

This would be a real kick in the teeth for the Magpies. Dubravka has been one of the most important players at Newcastle since arriving in January 2018, and it doesn’t bear thinking about where the club might have ended up without his heroics. It’s no fluke that he is the current North East Player of the Year, and replacing him would be a tall order for the Toon Army. It speaks volumes as to just how important he is that the likes of United and Spurs are being linked with the Slovakian. But were Newcastle to sell him to Aston Villa, a side that you would expect to be around the Toon Army next season, it would show a shocking lack of ambition and would represent another sign of just how far the club is threatening to sink. Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but that signs are worrying for the Geordie faithful.