Could David Luiz finally reunite with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Rafa Benitez was reportedly blocked from bringing Chelsea's 2017 Premier League champion David Luiz to Newcastle United in January

Owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United, Mike Ashley arrives at the High Court in central London on July 3, 2017, to defend himself against a lawsuit filed by a former business...

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has pledged to back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market this summer, although fans could be forgiven for refusing to get carried away just yet.

Ashley said something very similar a year ago. And, by the end of the transfer window, the most expensive new player to arrive at St James’ Park was the £12 million Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy.

But, after leading Newcastle to a top-half finish against all expectations, the Chronicle reports that Benitez wants assurances about the club’s budget and how much he will get to spend, and is hoping that he will be given a budget of around £60 million to invest however he wants.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

And there is one player in particular that Benitez would surely jump at the chance of signing – David Luiz.

It is understood that the Spaniard is hoping to strengthen Newcastle’s options at centre-back with solid, if not particularly exciting, players under consideration. But the prospect of signing Luiz this summer will surely entice Benitez with the buccaneering centre-back's future appearing to lie away from Chelsea.

The Brazilian defender has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season, featuring in just ten Premier League games with Antonio Conte preferring to include Andreas Christiansen and Antonio Rudiger in his back three. Benitez knows him well from his time as the Blues' interim manager in 2012/13, going as far as to describe Luiz as 'world-class'.

David Luiz of Chelsea celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England.

In the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast back in January, it was reported that Benitez wanted to sign the 31-year-old Luiz on loan from Chelsea but was told he did not have the budget to make a deal possible.

But with Ashley seemingly willing to loosen the purse-strings, there may be a real chance that Benitez’s dream deal could come true this time around.

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