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Benitez ready to raid former club for £24m defender, Newcastle to rival Barcelona and Bayern Munich

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The Geordies who frequent the Transfer Tavern in their droves are understandably nervous as to whether they will be able to keep Rafa Benitez at the club this summer.

It’s hugely unlikely the Spaniard would be willing to remain on Tyneside if the club drop into the Championship and his reign will more than likely forever be looked back upon as a missed opportunity.

However, the former Real Madrid coach has reportedly given some indication that he is indeed looking long-term by moving for a former player of his.

According to Italian newspaper Il Messaggerohe is chasing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as he plots a major overhaul of a Magpies backline that has conceded a whopping 64 goals this term.

A number of top clubs including Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have all been linked with the resolute Senegalese international centre-back.

The Daily Express also report a £12m bid from the Magpies was knocked back in January, with the Serie A giants said to be holding out for £24m.

IF Newcastle stay up, how good can they get under Benitez next season? 

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