Report reveals secret Benitez plot to snap up top flight bargain summer swoop for Newcastle
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has enlisted the help of a number of allies in Spain to conduct secret scouting missions and uncover top talents for a bargain fee, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Spanish boss has “friends” reporting on La Liga matches to source potential transfer targets ahead of the summer, with Spain’s top flight said to be the Magpies’ number one hunting ground.
It is stated that Newcastle already have a host of players lined up on a shortlist, and that the hunt for more talent at an affordable price will continue, with the club’s capture of Mikel Merino used as a prime example.
The 21-year-old midfielder arrived at St James’ Park from Borussia Dortmund after Benitez had kept close tabs on the player, and eventual paid a reported fee of £6.3million to seal a deal last summer.
Football Insider verdict
If Newcastle can pull off a deal mirroring Merino’s then not only would Benitez and the Toon Army be happy, but so would owner Mike Ashley. The Spanish under-21 international was a stunning move and it is all thanks to the manager’s contacts. His address book is as big as any out there in world football and his reputation goes a long way in convincing players to move. Newcastle need to bring in some more quality to their squad this summer and work will be extensive in terms of sourcing and scouting the talent and then heading into negotiations with clubs and players. It is going to be busy, and Benitez will be hoping this early prep work hands them an advantage come the end of the season.
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