Newcastle On Way To Recouping £80M Spent Last Season

Given the deal with Liverpool for Gini Wijnaldum goes though today as planned, Newcastle will have recouped an amazing £48M in the transfer market so far, with the transfers of four players –  Remy Cabella (£7.5M), Andros Townsend (£13M), Papiss Cisse (£2.5M) and Gini (£25M).

Newcastle spent £80M in the transfer market last season, but a lot of that money was wasted, but now we are getting some money back into the coffers and  it looks like Rafa is spending the money wisely and getting in some good players for next season.


Rafa Benitez at Newcastle

Rafa has so far spent £34M gross in bringing in Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez, Isaac Hayden and Grant Hanley, who joined us yesterday from Blackburn Rovers.

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Newcastle look to be in a good financial position at the moment, even though we have just been relegated – and if we get £35M for Moussa Sissoko, which is likely – Newcastle will have brought in £83M gross from the sale of just five players.

The big difference now from previous years, is that Rafa isn’t too interested in having loads of money in the bank.

But rather he will use the money to further bolster the squad and he has already pledged to replace both Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko, if they both leave.

We should have money left over this summer and that means we can bring some players in during the January transfer window if Rafa needs to or wants to.

Hopefully it will be just one season down below and Rafa can further build the squad up next summer, when a lot of players will be only too willing to join the Rafa Benitez Project at Newcastle United.

Howay the Lads!!

Comments welcome.

66 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    In Carr we Trust! 🙂

    Good business by the ancient toothless dodderer, eh? Ha ha ha


    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Do we consider him good again now? Its hard to keep up isnt it?

    Sissoko to Madrid though with a player coming the other way…Jese, Asensio, Odengaard or even a mad attempt at Kovacic?

  • Tsunki

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    1989 (M) Sissoko. Just Tested, Not Taxed. Several careful owners, FSH. Excellent condition, Good runner very fast but sometimes tricky to start without booster or good leads. Barely idled all year but has been run in competition lately. No time wasters £35m ovno. Contact Mike or Lee on…..

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Next signing please…

    LB, CAM/LM, as replacements for WINI and SISSOKO….must have replacement…

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Why does everyone keep talking about pace (and Hanley’s apparent lack of it) as a be all end all. It’s nonsense.

    CBs dont always need pace. We have Mbemba who has plenty and Lacselles who has just enough. So long as there is someone who can cover for a pace cover a paceless CB.

    Mertesacker has zero pace
    John Terry had zero
    Cahill has zero
    Fonte has zero
    Sahko has zero
    Dann has zero
    huth has zero

    These were all solid defenders last season without pace.

    Pacey defenders tend to lack power and we’ve seen the result of that plenty over the past few seasons.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Dreaming, but what a signing Lallana would be for us!

    There is talk with Gini signing it could signal the end of his Liverpool career now. I very much doubt he would drop down a league though even if it were for 1 season.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Really feel like we should sign onomah on loan from spurs. Looks creative and he could do with a loan spell in the championship.


    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Pace is great for a CB but positional intelligence and reading of the game is far better (its why Colo was one of the best we’ve ever had for a time)

    Does Hanley possess those attributes?

  • Kabul Fish

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Gini & Sissoko were never gonna stay to battle it out in a lower league! Quality players that didn’t work out or possibly work enough last season.
    They do not want to be here so getting top dollar for them is essential….I just hope we can replace them with players that can cut it in the Prem too.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    ” Ulloa Ulloa. what do we have here then ?
    Move along please…”

    nufc786 // Jul 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Sky sources: Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa wants to leave the club.

    Ulloa anyone? Proven in the Championship

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    i guess for every sissoko there’s been a cabella, thauvin, riviere, gouffran, haidara, marveaux!

  • Tsunki

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    “We can offer you Leonardo for only £10m”
    “Alright £8m then but that’s my last offer”

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 22, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t mean to piss on the Ulloa joke party but I’m assuming the people making these ‘jokes’ have no idea how to pronounce his name, right? And if you DO know how to pronounce his name correctly then they don’t make any sense at all, do they?

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    A quick spanish lesson
    All over the hispanic world they pronounce LL as LY as in Mallorca = Mal yorka or Calle = Kal yea
    However in Columbia for reasons probably to do with native indian influence Calle = Ka sjhay (a very soft sibilant “j”)
    For some reason UK sports commentators have picked up on the Colombian pronounciation and apply it (incorrecty) to every South American sportsman with a double “l” in their name.


    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Glad am learning so much about how to say Ulloa’s name all so I can confidently say his name correctly when stating…Nope dont want him

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib…… I agree they’re talking bolyocks.

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    That’s Bosjhocks in Colombia

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Waiting for a cojones joke

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Rather give Kuqi or Sibierski a call, see what they’re up to.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #20
  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #21


    pace is absolutely king these days. You get killed without it as we witnessed many times with taylor, willo and colo.

  • Vask

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone know what mike Ashley helicopter looks like? Just saw one flying north towards Newcastle airport. Maybe to pick gini up?
    What do youse reckon? Could be someone else’s helicopter I suppose.

  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Support for Rafa and perhaps a clue to who may be part of a player exchange for Sissoko.
    Keylor Navas, Pepe, Lucas Vázquez, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric all said publicly last sason that they were sad to see the Spanish coach depart Real Madrid.
    Can you imagine Welshie if we got big Gareth for £30 million plus Sissoko.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #24

    If we do sell to Real Madrid, surely we can also get a one or two good young fringe first team players out of them in on loan too.

    A Championship season at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez is surely better than a season in their reserves with the occasional first team outing and also appealing to them. Real Madrid throw money around just to keep up appearances. I’m sure they have a plethora of wonderful young players who’d burn up the Championship. Likewise Liverpool, who have 4 or 5 surplus we might get for a year as part of the Wijnaldum deal.

    I understand we are likely to lose our very best, but surely we can do better than just good hybrid EPL/Championship players on 4 and 5 year contracts to replace them, if we really have exhausted every avenue to convince them to stay.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Hull City imploding as a football club. A greater circus than we have ever been or could be.

    Owner changes name and club crest, gets told he’s not allowed, ignores fans, still uses his preferred name and club crest in all but the official obligations.

    In responses to fans singing “City ’til we die.”, he tells them “they can die as soon as they want.”.

    Protests continue.

    Get promoted despite all this.

    Out of spite owner changes season ticket policy and scraps concessions.

    Many fans vow not to return until he has gone, enough that their box office have been ringing around practically begging former season ticket holders to purchase.

    Crowds of just 15000 max expected for their home games this season.

    Owner puts club up for sale. Has an American buyer, talks break down as the owner pushes for a higher price than that he originally deemed acceptable.

    All the while their manager is openly discussing taking on the England job and is interviewed for it.

    They’ve not signed 1 player so far in pre-season.

    They have lost numerous key players to injury already:

    Dawson 3 months

    McGregor out until new year

    Alex Bruce too

    Huddlestone carrying an achilles injury, out for 2 weeks and likely will end up needing surgery.

    Livermore at least 2 weeks.

    Right back Odubajo and another CB in Maguire seeing consultants. Likely long-term.

    Now Steve Bruce has just resigned.

    Think we can just about nail them on for a relegation spot.

  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Is this article written in the 1980’s?
    Was it written by a 12 year old?

    Newcastle don’t receive all of the money that was bid. Only a first schooler would think they did.

    Take the £25 million you say we get for gini. We will do well to receive £17 million.

    Agents get approximately 20% of each transfer. In our case I will be really really conservative and say 10%. that means £2.5 million. Add that to the £4.2 million that goes to his former club and that comes to nearly £7 million.

    25 – 7 = 18 million.

    Thats with a conservative 10% to agent.

    Then, as he didnt put in a transfer request he will get a huge loyalty payment too.

    Then theres legal fees, taxes etc.

    We will be lucky to make a million or too.

    All transfers are like this so it makes a whole nonsense of this childlike naive article


    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Certainly living up to ur name arent ya

  • dazza

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Now that Georginio Wijnaldum has finally gone I hope it is the last time I have to read Wini. It was never Wini. Gini as in GeorGINIo. Good luck and good bye.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #29


    Only childlike expression I see is yours. No reputable source for the sell-on clause and since when has any selling club ever paid the agent? Simply doesn’t happen, that’s the burden of the buyer negotiating the new contract.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #30

    I wouldnt dismiss Ulloa’s record as anything bad to be honest. He’s hardly had a run of games for Leicester last season as he doesnt really suit their style of counter attacking play. still, he knows where the goal is and is a proper predator. I think Gayle is in the same mould though, and he’s younger, faster and already with us…

    We definitely need a creative force in MF though, as well as (everyone is saying) a starting left back. We should really try to get some experienced older heads in if we can, how bloody amazing would Arbeloa have been, if only for this season? I’m sure there are others out there who could bring experience to the left side for us, Dummett and Aarons won’t play more than half the season each given their injury record recently and Mbabu’s is even worse

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #31


    I do see where you are coming from on the whole selling good players/replacing with ok players. My personal view on it is this…
    We sign the “hybrids” as you call them. Currently, despite rafas presence, i think it might be the best we can get. I think the ones we have are good enough quality, and i think they all have a good chance to step up next year. When January comes around, and we are (hopefully) top and looking nailed on for promotion, then we should be able to attract a better quality of player, and again in summer, top quality players. We can build over the next three windows and have an excellent premier team next season. We can’t realistically have that all in place in this window, imo

  • Wayayman

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Funloving, I thought Agents only take their fee of the buying club, not the selling? Also, PSV yesterday said they had a sell-on fee. It was reported, I remember reading it.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    •off the buying club, not of

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #34

    A single Dutch rag claimed PSV have a sell-on clause. No source for their claim.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Would take Ulloa in a heartbeat as he is so far more developed than Mitro its unreal. He has looked great everytime i have seen him with excellent finishing and his hold up play is on another level. When i watched leicester last year every time he came on he looked like scoring and the team seemed to improve massively. He would rip the championship apart and allow mitro some rest/development time without shouldering all of the responsibility.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #36

    And Moussa to Real is extremely funny i am praying it happens so we can watch the fall out when they reliase what they have actually bought 🙂

  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #37


    The Gruanisd (I think) had PSV’s confirmation of a sell on clause but and as you’d expect, they wouldn’t give any details.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Nufc Paul No I’m sure you don’t mean to but you are 🙂

    The world plus his Spanish dog knows you don’t pronounce “LL”s that way but hey never mind let’s not smile let’s get the language thing spot on. Killjoy. Sheesh 😐 anyway what you failed to notice was in that joke it was a conversation between two pig-ignorant Cockney agents. Ok that sounded a bit agentist. Sorry.

    And Jib, your pronunciation explanation sucks hard, do you still get puzzled looks when you ask directions to your “Kal-Yea”? Maybe ’cause you left a spare “L” in there eh?

    Muh-yet. 😀

  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #39

    It doesnt matter who pays the agents fees.
    If its the buying club then the article is still wrong.
    Because we will have paid a lot more than the transfer fees listed because we would have paid agents etc.

    Sky sports is reputable and they say there is a sell on clause.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #40

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