Newcastle United have maintained their Premier League status for at least another campaign. After a job well done one eye will cast towards next season, with the first priority Rafa Benitez’s contract situation.
The Spaniard is out of contract in the summer and his future is up in the air at this moment in time. If the club can get his situation sorted, immediate attention will turn towards a squad rebuilding process.
One area that might see some movement is the goalkeeping department. The Chronicle has suggested this week that Rob Elliot would like to see the final year of his contract out; despite not playing a single league game this season.
If the Republic of Ireland international does opt to stick around St James’ Park, the exit door could beckon for Karl Darlow.
Like Elliot, the 28-year-old hasn’t featured in the Premier League for the Magpies this season and is now behind Freddie Woodman in the pecking order.
Back in December, Aston Villa were linked with a £4 million move for the stopper, according to The Sun. If Darlow does become available during the summer they might look to move once again.
Jed Steer has kept goal for the Villans for the majority of games under Dean Smith but with question marks over Lovre Kalinic and Orjan Nyland, they could look to land another one.
Darlow has been a regular in the Newcastle team during his time with the club and he would represent a decent bit of business.
If Villa secure promotion they will want to spend big money on other areas of their squad and Darlow would certainly represent a solid investment financially for the club.