Three Newcastle deals Mike Ashley must sanction after Dubravka move is finalised

Newcastle United announced the £4m signing of Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on Wednesday following a successful loan spell in 2018, in what is a positive start to the club’s summer transfer dealings.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez will be keen to significantly strengthen his squad across the course of the next two-and-a-bit months in order to build upon the 10th-place finish they achieved on their first season back in the Premier League, and sealing a permanent deal for the Slovakia international would have been one of his priorities.

The 29-year-old shone and established himself as the number one under the Spaniard ever since he made his debut and kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in February, and he could prove to be a bargain buy for the Tyneside outfit – the majority of whose fans don’t want club to re-sign a 25-year-old former flop this summer – in the long run given his price tag.

Benitez won’t be finished with that move however, and he will be looking to his owner Mike Ashley to provide him with the money to bring more key additions to the club before the window slams shut on August 9th – two days before the new campaign gets underway.

Here are three Newcastle deals Ashley must sanction after the Dubravka deal was finalised…