Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez looks on from the touchline

By Abigail Withey 

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero has signed a deal with Premier League giants Chelsea despite receiving an offer from Newcastle, according to a reliable journalist.

Lee Ryder, the Chronicle’s chief sports writer and Newcastle’s multimedia journalist, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 35-year-old had rejected an earlier offer from the Magpies.

It is said that Rafa Benitez’ side tabled an offer for the former Manchester City star to be the club’s number one.

Ryder revealed the news on his on Saturday, after it was confirmed on Chelsea’s official website that the keeper had joined the club.

The Argentinian was released as a free agent from Manchester City at the end of the season after falling down in Pep Guardiola’s pecking order to Claudio Bravo and new arrival Ederson.

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Since his move to the Etihad in 2014, the Argentinian made just 48 appearances for the club, and despite being offered the number one jersey with the Toons, Caballero showed that he favoured an appearance with the Premier League title winners.

Football Insider verdict:

Newcastle will be feeling frustrated at the news of Chelsea securing the former City keeper. Benitez has had a difficult start in the summer transfer window and has so far only managed to secure Chelsea’s Christian Atsu, despite his efforts to make more recruits. Benitez will be even more fraught that Caballero chose the Premier League winners rather than a guaranteed spot in the first team at St. James’ Park. However, the Magpies boss must not dwell on the rejected offers, but instead look forward to bolstering his squad in order to prove that Newcastle are worthy of the top flight. The club, despite budget restraints, must do their best in securing some young talent this summer as they will provide a long term solution for the club if they’re serious about staying in the Premier League for the long run.

In other Newcastle transfer news, a Ligue 1 club are keeping a close eye on the Toon goalkeeper.

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