Premier League side Newcastle United could be set to lose manager Rafael Benitez, who has been offered a contract by Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang worth £12m-a-year, according to BBC Sport.
The Magpies have established themselves in the top flight under the Spaniard, with many judges offering suggestions that they would not be in the position they are as a club had it not been for the former Liverpool boss.
Although the excellent work he has done at St James’ Park is clear for all to see, Benitez has regularly had speculation around his future in his time at Newcastle.
One of the reasons for that is the Magpies’ boss is out of contract at the end of this month, and although he has been offered a new deal to remain at the club, a regular lack of support from owner Mike Ashley in the transfer market has always been an issue.
That leaves Newcastle fans facing the fear that they are going to lose their manager in the near future, and the offer he has received from China could be the one that lures him away from Tyneside.
Benitez is not going to be short of offers should he decide that the time is right to exit the Magpies, with the report suggesting that Chelsea are also looking at his services for him to replace Maurizio Sarri.
The Spaniard never had the best of relationships with the Blues faithful in a short spell there earlier in his career though, so whether he would want to return to Stamford Bridge remains to be seen.
If Newcastle are going to keep hold of their high profile boss they are going to need to pull out all the stops. One thing which could help keep him at St James’ would be for the prolonged takeover of the club to be completed swiftly, giving him the financial assurances needed to succeed further on Tyneside.