Newcastle United supporters have taken to social networking site Twitter in order to share their optimism at the potential free transfer signing of Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.
Arbeloa has had a good working relationship with Rafa Benitez in the past at both Liverpool and Madrid and it seems that the Spanish manager’s influence could be behind this potential deal.
It seems somewhat surreal for an international defender to join a Championship club only months after leaving Real Madrid, yet Newcastle certainly aren’t any ordinary second-tier side.
Many expect the Magpies, under the guidance of Benitez, to make an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation and with some decent recruits they could end up doing it in style.
Arbeloa, 33. Is predominantly a right-back though is ability could also make him a versatile option capable of playing on the opposite side or even at centre-back should there be a need.
The former Liverpool man would offer Newcastle vast amounts of experience, quality and leadership while his professionalism at every club he has featured at is without question.
Reacting on Twitter to the speculation, Newcastle supporters are excited at the prospect of Arbeloa joining.
Alvaro Arbeloa would be an unreal signing. Old head and still very capable on the pitch. Will be hard to pull off though #NUFC— Not So Naughty Nicky (@ORANGEYPURPLE) June 4, 2016
Would be happy with Arbeloa. Experienced, good reputation, have every confidence he'd be useful for a promotion push #NUFC— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) June 4, 2016
Arbeloa link has to be a wind up. Imagine Arbeloa playing against Burton Albion next season #NUFC— Thomas O'Donnell (@Tuhomas) June 4, 2016
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Not a bad option to bring Arbeloa in if Coloccini leaves. Need an experienced defender with young Mbemba and Lascelles. #nufc— Alphonse A.L. (@Ngeiphone) June 3, 2016