Martin Dubravka transfer latest as 'suits all parties' move backed after Slovakia stormer

Senior stars will bid farewell to Newcastle United this summer and Martin Dubravka's exit appears more likely by the day. The Slovakian, who enjoyed the perfect start to his Euro 2024 campaign, won't attract a huge transfer fee but will free up wages and a squad space should he choose to depart.

At the age of 35, and with mounting speculation Eddie Howe will revamp his goalkeeping department this summer, Dubravka's exit would be no great surprise. Especially given vast interest in his signature.

Here is how the goalkeeper's transfer situation has unfolded in recent days and weeks.

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Changes made at the back

Newcastle have chased plenty of goalkeepers in recent weeks, ranging from experienced, expensive stoppers to young, up and coming options.

Aaron Ramsdale and Giorgi Mamardashvili, of Arsenal and Valencia respectively, were early targets. More recently, Atalanta backup goalkeeper Juan Musso has been linked in the Italian newspapers. There is also negotiations taking place between Newcastle and Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford.

Loris Karius has also left the club, meaning another backup goalkeeper will likely be sought. Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign John Ruddy, 37, from Birmingham City. Fellow veteran Asmir Begovic, 36, has also been mentioned in relation to a Magpies move.

Should Trafford arrive, it is highly unlikely Dubravka will hang around to be a third-choice stopper. With just a few years left before hanging up his gloves, first-team football elsewhere will no doubt be the priority for the player beyond the summer.

Storming Slovakia showing

Dubravka has the ideal opportunity to put himself in the shop window during a busy summer of wheeling and dealing, and the Slovakian goalkeeper could not have got his Euro 2024 campaign off to a better start in his country's opener on Monday evening.

Slovakia beat Belgium 1-0 in their first Group E clash, with Dubravka making five saves. His side needed a bit of luck via Romelu Lukaku fluffing his lines and falling foul to VAR but confidence will be high in the camp ahead of games with Romania and Ukraine.

“If you look at the [Belgium squad] you can go on and on and on,” said Dubravka after the win. “Kevin De Bruyne for me is a genius, you have Doku, you have Lukaku, there are so many quality players even from the bench, and this should give us even more confidence because to beat a team like this will lift our momentum and I think we can beat anyone if we play like this.”

"I don't care anymore"

Dubravka was quizzed directly over links away from Newcastle over the weekend and hit back at speculation with a firm response in regards to his future. Naturally, full focus will be on performing well in Germany for his country but it is hard not to believe Dubravka is unhappy with his current Newcastle situation.

Asked by Slovakian journalists about recent transfer links, he said: “It's hard for me to comment on that, because I get information from the newspaper about who we are signing. If I'm honest, I don't care what happens anymore. I defended my place and did my best for the club.

“If they decide to bring someone else, I won't influence it anymore. This is going aside at the moment, I'm trying to concentrate on the national team now. I let the rest out of my head.”

Celtic backing

There is interest aplenty in Dubravka's services next season, with Celtic leading the chase as they look for a Joe Hart replacement. Saudi clubs and some European outfits are also keen on the Magpies stopper.

A move north of the border feels as though it would suit all parties. Dubravka would get the chance to earn regular minutes, challenge for a title and play in Europe. Celtic would get an experienced Premier League stopper who has played plenty of top flight clashes in recent months - and they wouldn't have to break the bank in doing so.

Chris Sutton, Celtic hero turned outspoken pundit, is one of many backing the move to become a reality.

“At 35-years-old he probably has one more big move in him. He’s played a lot of games for Newcastle in the last year but isn’t going to be first choice," he told the Daily Record.

“There’s every chance he saw what Hart achieved at Celtic and fancies a bit of that himself. Does he sit tight and ride out his final year at Newcastle as a back up, or perhaps drop down the division in England to get a regular game? Or does he come to Celtic, play every week and be in with the chance of winning silverware, while playing in the Champions League? I know what I would be doing.”