The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the summer transfer window and are hoping to sign a handful of new players to continue their progress next season.
Rafa Benitez’s side have comfortably climbed away from the relegation zone during the second-half of the season despite commanding plenty of doubters from outside of the club who tipped them for relegation midway through the season. Two of Newcastle’s January arrivals, namely Martin Dubravka and Kenedy have played an instrumental role in their improvement in recent months, especially Dubravka who has injected a sense of solidity into their defensive unit.
With Dubravka (valued at £2.7 million by Transfermarkt) between the sticks, Newcastle have won 5 of their 9 fixtures, and that’s certainly no coincidence. However, recent reports from The Sun suggest that the Magpies will allow Dubravka to return to Sparta Prague this summer and instead make a bid to sign Karlo Letica from Hajduk Split in a deal which could be worth £8 million.
The report claims that Newcastle plan on loaning Letica to a Championship club immediately after securing his services, despite the fact they need to resolve the situation of their first-choice goalkeeper before nurturing a talent for the future. With that to consider, Benitez should abandon his pursuit of the Croatia U21 goalkeeper and instead pursue a permanent deal for Dubravka in the summer.
Dubravka has taken to life in the Premier League like a duck to water, and the quality of his performances suggests that he could enjoy a long and successful career at St James’ Park. Newcastle need consistency moving into the new season if they wish to continue their development into the new season, so turning Dubravka’s loan deal into a permanent one should be viewed as something of a necessity.
It seems that there will be major changes away from the field at Newcastle this summer with Mike Ashley looking to sell the club to a financially powerful investor, but the club must ensure they retain their most important players throughout the transition period, such as Dubravka. Letica could be a real star for the future, but Newcastle’s priority must concern their efforts to solidify their Premier League status next year by signing a reliable stopper who is already proven in the English top-flight, and Dubravka fits the bill.
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