With news yesterday that Karl Darlow was drawing interest from Blackburn and with his deal due to run out next season, Newcastle will likely be in the market for a new goalkeeper.
They will also possibly look to send Freddie Woodman on loan to get some first team experience. While we also would expect Rob Elliot to be leaving the club soon, though he could be retained to see out the remaining one year on his deal as a third choice keeper.
So far this summer they have been linked with three first team goalkeepers in Kevin Trapp of PSG, Walter Benitez of Nice, and Odysseas Vlachodimos of Benfica.
Italian outlet Tutto Mercato are reporting that Newcastle are very interested Lazio and Albanian international goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
Thomas Strakosha– would cost a lot of money
Strakosha is a 24-year-old goalkeeper who has been at Lazio since joining the club as a youth player in 2012. He became their number one during the second half of the 2016/17 season and has made a total of 121 appearances for the club.
He is also an Albanian international with a total of 8 caps for his country. His first coming in March of 2017.
The situation with Strakosha is going to be his fee. Some reports have had his fee as high as €50m which is extremely high for a goalkeeper to begin with. This would all but eliminate Newcastle from contention for this player.
He is being heavily linked with Arsenal and Tottenham as well so the likelihood that Newcastle are truly in for the player seem remote at best.
We do think Newcastle will bring in a keeper this summer to challenge number one Martin Dubravka. However, we would expect it to be one with a more reasonable price tag.
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