Rafa Benitez is currently working on a number of transfers. The Newcastle United boss had a underwhelming summer transfer window but has managed to lead the club to an encouraging start. The Spaniard has already activated his scouting network in the search of a central midfielder who will be ready to get into the team as soon as the next season starts.
The Magpies have been in the search of a creative body in the middle of the park and had been linked with a number of players but their failure to bring a commanding presence had a very negative impact on this season.
According to reports, Newcastle have kept their eye on FK Krasnador midfielder Viktor Claesson. The 25-year-old had impressed Benitez earlier and the Toon had tried to sign him earlier. Benitez wants to improve the quality of his side and is ready to go all out for the player. Mikel Merino has impressed since he joined the club from Borussia Dortmund on loan and has seamlessly fitted himself to the side.
Jonjo Shelvey has been the marquee player in the Magpies midfield but following his red card against Tottenham Hotspur this season the former Liverpool midfielder hasn’t been called up to the squad thanks to this player. The club hierarchy are very impressed with Merino’s involvement and are ready to extend talks for a permanent move.
One of the most underrated midfielders of his generation the Swedish international has already made the rounds this time. Operating from the middle of the middle of the park the midfielder has been in outstanding form as he has already netted three goals and as many assists in the Russian Premier League to take things in his control.
In a very exciting thing, the 25-year-old is probably one of the most versatile players in the football circuit right now as barring the defensive area he has played in almost all positions.
His bigger aspect is his ability to move the ball forward with utmost ease. The player has also worked on his defensive frailties and is a complete midfielder right now. He can play anywhere in the midfield so he does have the attributes and skills to get it going in the Premier League.
Claesson is pretty much happy at his current club right now but wants to explore more, therefore, the door is pretty much open for the Magpies to crack a deal.