Date: 3rd June 2019 at 5:31pm
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It has now been 22 days since the Premier League season concluded, and we are still no closer to knowing whether or not Rafa Benitez will be signing a new contract with Newcastle before his deal lapses on June 30.

The Sun’s transfer reporter Alan Nixon, though, has shared claims that the Spaniard has instructed the Magpies scouting department to come up with a list of potential targets, and suggested the gaffer thinks he will be staying at St James’ Park and may have a budget to play with.

Nixon does not suggest what sort of budget that will be, so naturally does not speculate to what level these targets will be, but the football writer claims Benitez is chasing names who can fill five positions in his squad.

It has often been reported that left and right full-back, goalkeeper and striker have been positions of great importance to our summer plans, while a new central midfielder is a near-on must if we are to lose Isaac Hayden or Jonjo Shelvey this summer.

We have also been linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Davinson Sanchez should Mike Ashley sell United to Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as Benitez allegedly is not convinced Florian Lejeune has what it takes to be a difference maker at the back.

But when NUFC360 later shared Nixon’s claims, here is how some Newcastle supporters reacted…

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