The Newcastle United supporters have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s excellent run of form in the Premier League and, as such, they have already opened discussions regarding potential summer transfers.
Rafa Benitez has masterminded a comfortable survival mission this season by leading Newcastle to a handful of crucial victories since the January transfer window came to a conclusion. One of the main reasons for Newcastle’s improvement concerns the club’s decision to bring both Martin Dubravka and Kenedy to Tyneside in January.
The aforementioned pairing have played a pivotal role in Newcastle’s climb up the Premier League table, and their impact has demonstrated how dramatically a side can improve with the introduction of just a couple of quality players. With that in mind, Benitez must strive to sign both Kenedy and Dubravka on permanent deals this summer, but if Newcastle want to challenge for a place in the Europa League next season they will need to bring more talent to the club.
The calibre of targets Newcastle will pursue depends on whether Mike Ashley is able to attract a investor to take over the club in the summer. However, recent reports from The Sun suggest that the club have already begun lining up potential targets to pursue this summer despite the fact the ownership situation remains far from clear-cut.
According to the report, Newcastle are interested in signing Benfica’s Franco Cervi this summer if they are unable to sign Kenedy on a permanent transfer, although they face competition from West Ham, Brighton and Swansea for his signature. The 23-year-old Argentine has shown great potential in Liga Nos this season by scoring 3 goals and providing 9 assists from 28 appearances.
His record is far from ground-breaking, but he still has plenty of scope for improvement at his age. Players who have made the switch from Liga Nos to the Premier League in the past have often struggled to adapt to their surroundings, so signing Cervi would undoubtedly represent a huge risk for Newcastle this summer.
However, if Newcastle want to step up another level next season they will need to take a risk or two in the transfer market to achieve that aim. Under a manager of Benitez’s expertise, Cervi would have a brilliant opportunity to realise the full extent of his potential, so the Magpies should do everything they can to fend off interest from rival Premier League clubs and secure his signature this summer.
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