According to a report from The Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is targeting a right back in this summer’s transfer window. The Spaniard oversaw a fine effort from his team to finish tenth upon their return to the Premier League last season, although reinforcements will be needed during the close season if the Magpies are to push on and perhaps return to their former glories.
And with many of our resident Newcastle fans in the Tavern in agreement with Benitez that the right back department needs strengthening, alongside recent reports that Manchester United are struggling to offload Matteo Darmian, the Magpies should look no further than the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) in pursuit of a key signing this summer.
Ultimately, while DeAndre Yedlin deserves great credit for his efforts at right back for Newcastle last term, many feel that an upgrade is needed in that department to help move the Magpies to the next level this time round.
Yes, the United States international is solid and reasonably dependable in that position, but Benitez may want more from his full backs next term if Newcastle are to improve upon their tenth place effort – Darmian could be that man.
Generally, one does not earn a move to Man United if one is not a talented player, with the 28-year-old doing just that back in 2015 after impressing in Italy with Torino.
And with 85 appearances for the Red Devils in the last few years, it’s not as if he has been a complete surplus to requirements – in fact, the full back appeared 17 times in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s men last season, including in three of their last five Premier League games.
But with Antonio Valencia continuing to prove his worth at right back, and Ashley Young doing the same down the other side, Darmian simply isn’t likely to command regular football at Old Trafford, which is why it’s hardly surprising that he is available for transfer this summer.
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And Newcastle should be ready to pounce as the 28-year-old has shown glimpses of quality during his three-year spell at Old Trafford, while his ability to play at right back and indeed left back must be of interest to Benitez, given he is somewhat short in both positions.
Thus, with the Spaniard reportedly seeking a right back, and United reportedly struggling to get rid of Darmian, Benitez should look no further than the 28-year-old in a bid to make a key addition to his Newcastle squad.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!