The Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in buoyant mood this week after their side moved past the 40-point mark and secured their Premier League survival with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have been on a brilliant run of form in recent weeks to steer clear of the relegation zone and into the top-half with 5 fixtures left to play this season. Securing Premier League survival should enable Mike Ashley to attract a financially strong investor to takeover the club this summer and lead them into a new era of success.
Keeping hold of Rafa Benitez will certainly be a huge task for Newcastle this summer and certainly the most important. If they do manage to keep hold of Benitez and attract an investor who is willing to provide him with a generous warchest for the summer transfer window, Newcastle could be set to make a push for the top-six next season.
Naturally, they will need to sign a handful of new players in order to achieve that aim as the current squad is lacking a level of quality that is needed to make a genuine push for European football. With that in mind, Benitez should add Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt) to his shortlist of players to pursue this summer.
According to reports from Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Liverpool are interested in signing the Madrid outcast who is looking for a way out of the club next summer. Ceballos is unhappy at Los Blancos due to his lack of first-team opportunities, but the 21-year-old would be far from certain of playing regular first-team football at the Reds either.
Newcastle on the other hand would be able to guarantee a starting berth to a player of Ceballos’ calibre providing he was performing well on a consistent basis. The Spanish U21 talent is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in Spanish football, but he has failed to develop this season due to a lack of opportunity at Madrid.
Ceballos typically operates in central-midfield and prefers to roam forward and influence the game in the final-third with creative guile and incisive passing, so he would be an ideal player to deploy in a number ten role in place of Ayoze Perez or even alongside one of Mo Diame or Jonjo Shelvey deeper in midfield.
Going head to head with Liverpool for his signature certainly doesn’t represent a simple task, but Newcastle have the advantage of guaranteeing him an important role within the first-team and, considering he is desperate for first-team opportunities, that factor could persuade him to chose Tyneside over Merseyside this summer.
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