In the summer, long-tenured players from Newcastle United left St. James’ Park, and it appears that the trend will continue in January.
Karl Darlow and Allan Saint-Maximin were fired by Eddie Howe. While the latter signed with Leeds, where he has primarily served as a benchwarmer thus far, the former traveled to Saudi Arabia to assist the movements of Newcastle for Harvey Barnes and Tino Livramento.
Now the Newcastle boss is looking to move a couple more fringe players on in 2024, as he prepares to make room for new signings that will help the club grow even further.
Newcastle looking to sell Emil Krafth and Javi Manquillo soon
According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle will make Krafth and Manquillo available for moves away when the January transfer window opens in just under three months.
This season, the right-back pair have combined for zero minutes of competitive action, with Kieran Trippier continuing to excel in that position. Livramento, in whom the club made significant summertime investments, is now supporting him as well.
The 20-year-old already appears to be a great talent, so Trippier will almost certainly always rely on him to step in. Krafth or Manquillo have very little chance of receiving minutes as a result.
Since his injury, Krafth has not played for Newcastle.
For Krafth, who has been out of action for more than a year due to a knee injury, it is especially distressing as he is only starting to regain his fitness.
Howe has called the Swedish defender a “vital” member of his team and he just made his comeback for the Under-21s.
However, given Newcastle’s efforts to offload the £50 million Steve Bruce deal, it appears that is not the case.
Manquillo, who joined the team in 2017 while Rafa Benitez was the manager, may also be on the way.
His Newcastle contract expires in the summer of 2024, similar to Krafth’s, thus a January departure makes sense for everyone.