Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has no problem with letting Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul leave the club as Portuguese giants Benfica step up their interest in the shot-stopper, according to a report on Sport Witness, who quote news outlet A Bola.

A Benfica representative has got in contact with the Premier League club over Krul and held positive talks as the Portuguese side look for a replacement for Ederson, who made a big-money move to Manchester City earlier in the summer.

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The Dutch goalkeeper is said to be open to a move as he wants to be playing more regularly, especially with the 2018 World Cup in Russia coming up where Krul wants to represent his country.

The Magpies only want €5m for Krul and the club will not stand in the way of the transfer if that fee is met.

It will not prove to be difficult for Benfica to agree personal terms with the keeper as he is keen on the move so will most likely take whatever they offer.

The goalkeeper is a huge fan favourite at St James’ Park and the club are delaying the transfer as they do not want to suffer a back-lash from the supporters.