Rafa Benitez hopeful of Newcastle transfer budget boost with deals near

Rafa Benitez is hopeful of a budget boost
Rafa Benitez is hopeful of a budget boost

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is hoping for a boost to the club's coffers as outgoings at St James's Park edge nearer.

As has often been the case during the Mike Ashley era, Benitez will be able to use any income gained from player sales to help strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign.

The Spaniard is keen to bring several new faces to Tyneside this summer but, with his transfer budget still unclear, outgoings will be a necessity.

And there may be good news on that front, with positive updates on a number of out-of-favour players who are free to seek other clubs.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is thought to have no shortage of suitors after his successful loan spell at Fulham last year - while a positive World Cup with Serbia could further enhance his reputation.

Fulham are thought to be keen to make the striker's stay permanent while West Ham and Crystal Palace have also been credited with an interest.

Reports yesterday suggest that Benitez has slapped a £20m asking price on Mitrovic, and that figure doesn't seem to have deterred any potential buyers.

If Newcastle can secure such a fee then it will undoubtedly aid Benitez in his quest for fresh blood.

Meanwhile, Chancel Mbemba is expected to complete a move away from St James's Park shortly.

A deal has been agreed with Portuguese champions Porto who will pay £8m for the former Anderlecht defender.

While this isn't a great amount in the modern market, it is still a welcome boost to Benitez's transfer budget and is another salary off the books.

There is slightly less positive news surrounding Matz Sels, however.

The Belgian international is unlikely to be required at St James's Park after Martin Dubravka penned a permanent deal at the club.

He impressed on loan at Anderlecht last season and the Belgian side were keen to complete a permanent deal.

But reports from Sels' homeland suggest that the transfer has hit a stumbling block over the fee involved, with Anderlecht offering just £2m for the stopper.

Negotiations are expected to continue, although the Belgian press report that Sels is 'disappointed' with a perceived lack of effort from the European side to get the deal done.