The club are still looking at possible signings this summer after Kenedy joined from Chelsea on loan. It has been reported by the Chronicle that Rafa Benitez was keen on another player from the London club: Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
We can’t sign him on loan because of Premier League rules that stipulate you can’t recruit two players from the same club on a temporary basis. However, the 22-year-old hinted last month he may have to consider leaving Stamford Bridge for regular first-team action.
Although his price tag is likely to be problematic, I decided to put it to a vote among fans to see how many would like to see him move to the North East. Most would like him to make the switch:
There are likely to be a number of other Premier League clubs after him, and a lot depends on Chelsea’s next manager. Maurizio Sarri is close to being appointed by the Blues, and with Loftus-Cheek returning from the World Cup after the weekend, it looks as though his future could be sorted very soon.
Do you think the England international would be a realistic signing? Let me know in the comments.