There is still no official word on the future of Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard is understood to be locked in talks with owner Mike Ashley, but as things currently stand the manager’s contract will expire on June 30 (The Chronicle).
Most Newcastle fans are desperate for the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss to commit to the club.
The 59-year-old has had to work with limited resources since becoming first-team manager in 2016, and he has often spoken of his frustrations.
Reports in Italy (Tuttosport, via Calciomercato) have claimed Benitez has agreed to stay on, but the wait goes on for official word.
As the talks drag on, a reported Newcastle transfer target appears to be on the verge of joining a fellow Premier League club.
Dan James of Swansea City is set to join Manchester United for £15 million, according to The Sun.
The Welshman was linked with a move to St. James’ Park earlier this month.
Newcastle simply cannot work on transfers while the future of Benitez remains unclear.
Talks should have been concluded by now one way or the other, and it looks as though the Magpies will miss out on someone who could make a real difference to their squad next season.
Rapid winger James impressed hugely in the Championship in 2018/19, and would have been an upgrade on Christian Atsu and Kenedy.
The Sun say personal terms have been agreed, meaning Newcastle and specifically Ashley’s handling of the situation may have cost the club a gem.