Benitez Has Identified Summer Targets – Negotiations Ongoing

Rafa Benitez has identified the summer targets he wants brought in to strengthen and increase the size of the Newcastle squad for the Championship next season.

According to the Chronicle today, Newcastle are still hopeful of making their first signing before a week tomorrow, when the players return for pre-season training.

Negotiations for several players are said to be in progress and we assume Lee Charnley is the man leading those negotiations for the new players. something Lee is good at.

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Rafa did mention in mid-week that it’s not easy to bring new players in – and we suppose that’s especially true for Newcastle this summer, after we took the drop in May to England’s second division.

Rafa Benitez is again expected to be very tough on those who want to leave Newcastle in the summer and he wants to keep his best players with him for the tough season ahead.

The price of players will also have increased this summer because this is the first year of the new £5.1B  three year deal for the Premier League TV rights – something Newcastle are going to miss out on – at least for the first year.

Selling clubs know all about those increased funds for PL clubs and will suitably inflate their asking price for their top players.

Rafa had also mentioned a couple of weeks ago that things in the transfer market were very positive,  so we assume there’s a good chance we can get a number of our targets to Tyneside.

This is what Rafa said on 9th June, the week before last, in the exclusive interview with the Chronicle:

“I can assure fans that the business we are doing at the moment and that we will be doing over the next few weeks is all aimed at making the squad stronger than it is at the moment.”

“We are very busy and things are very positive, the Euros makes things a bit difficult for every club, but as soon we can announce things about the squad we will tell our supporters.”

While talks are progressing, we still don’t really know who the targets are, although as usual Newcastle have been linked with multiple different targets.

We need a top striker and a top center-back brought in and Newcastle are also targeting experienced players with the right leadership and character to add to what is a fairly young squad at the club right now.

Finally it will be interesting to see if Rafa can hold onto Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum this summer.

The experienced manager may simply tell the two players they are going nowhere and have to help the club get promoted this season, after they were part of the squad who got the club relegated.

They have to start to think of the club and not just themselves.

That would work.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 20, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    ”something Lee is good at.”

    come again !!!!

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 20, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I see Woy is going to start with vardy, sturidge and lallana tonight. The down side is he is starting horrendouson in mf. Rooney and ali are being rested, wherlchair starts too. He has also rested both full backs. A bit of a gamble seing as we have not definitely qualified yet, but hopefully we will be ok.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 20, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3


    Hahahaha. Yeah i wonder when that happened! I have always thought him utterly useless at everything.


    Jun 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Didn’t our oversized owner have to step in regularly to get negotiations done? Suppose Lee is good at getting them on the phone? Is that what Ed means?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 20, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree that Charnley is a uniquely talented negotiator. For example, it must have taken some doing to get the likes of Riviere and Thauvin signed for two or three times their worth. That is a special sort of incompetence, unless there is more to it than meets the eye, I suppose.


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