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Newcastle United are likely to have a very busy summer transfer window, especially if Mike Ashley finally sells the club.

Rafa Benitez should be able to lead this squad to Premier League safety and if he does, the Spanish manager should be looking to go crazy in the summer by upgrading his squad that can compete to finish in the top half for 2018/19.

One player that the Magpies must absolutely set their sights on is Manchester United ace Daley Blind, who is reportedly available to leave Old Trafford in the summer.

The Mirror has reported that Blind, 28, will be available for the bargain price of £14million, which will no doubt spark serious interest in him from not only other Premier League clubs, but ones across Europe.

The Netherlands international is not in Jose Mourinho’s plans but that does not mean he is not a good player given the amount of players that the Portuguese boss has given the cold shoulder to in his career.

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A move to St. James’ Park could spark Blind’s career back into life and he would instantly become a mainstay of the team due to his versatility and ball-playing ability.

The ex-Ajax star can play mainly at left-back, which is a clear problem area for Newcastle, as well as centre-back or in a holding midfield role.

Splashing £14million on a summer swoop for Blind may mean that Benitez will not have to go out and sign other players to fill other holes due to his versatility.

The Sun has previously reported that United are eager to get Blind off their wage bill because of his £130,000-a-week deal.

It may mean taking a pay cut to move to Tyneside, but it’s definitely one worth taking for the flying Dutchman.

In other Newcastle United news, this £40,000-a-week Magpies player is in the form of his life but Benitez should bin him in the summer.

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