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Rafa Benitez Admits To Some Craziness

7:31 am, Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle are trying to bring in more players as quickly as they can, but the Newcastle manager has admitted that with the new £5.1B three year Premier League TV rights deal just started, the transfer prices are simply crazy.

Newcastle have benefited from that craziness by selling Gini Wijnaldum for over a £10M profit in one year when we sold him to Liverpool for £25M last week – and the price on Moussa Sissoko is a whopping £35M and we will not sell for less than that.


Rafa Benitez – crazy prices in transfer market

But the problem for Newcastle is that we are not getting any of that £5.1B money, having just been relegated to the Championship – not good timing to be sure.

Newcastle still need to bring in another striker and another defender and a replacement for Gini – and Sissoko too – if he should be sold.

Rafa was asked if there would be more signings and this is what he has said:

“Hopefully. We are working and trying to improve the squad.” “It’s not easy now.”

“The market is quite crazy, no? Crazy prizes everywhere. We try to do our best.”

We have again been linked with Scottish striker Ross McCormack of Fulham but there’s an example of a crazy price – with £13M being asked for a player who will turn 30 next month and has never played in the Premier League.

It’s a difficult market but Newcastle must still bring in good players for the best deals we can get – it’s as simple as that.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mag52 // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    It’s in this ‘crazy’ scenario that it’s important to have a decent scouting set up. Do we have one ?

  • 2 Jib // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    You can call the prices crazy but the hard lessons learned by NUFC among other clubs demonstrate why they are so high.
    Buying cheaper skilful players from non British leagues normally doesn’t work if you are looking for a quick fix because the vast majority take at least a season to adjust.

  • 3 sing in the corner // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    …and are more often than not either mediocre or want to leave as soon as they get a bit of spotlight.

  • 4 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    yes… and we sell Widjnaldum….who did amazing at home… and understandably less so well away.

    He’s a good signing for Liverpool, and should have been a wonderful one for us.

    The animosity smacks of the bitterness of a jilted lover, as it does with Sissoko. Who may well have every reason to be dirty.

  • 5 sing in the corner // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    I would say we were always going to be a stepping stone to what Wij thinks will be greater things for him. Wether we stayed up or not. But I suppose we’ll never know for sure.

  • 6 hibbitt // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:59 AM


    why was it understandably less well away. ????

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Wijnaldum threw the towel in during our most desperate period of the season and had to be dropped, what makes you think he would have showed up against Burton and Barnsley. We need players committed to the cause. He wasn’t, he was here to move to a bigger club and felt he’d done enough with his eleven goals.

  • 8 SUTTY1978 // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Jail, I guess you hated Ben Arfa then, oh and Laurent Robert, Ginola? Yes, they do turn up when they want but if they do turn up you get something from the game. No doubt you would want his place taken by someone like Colback, who always (well 75% of the time) puts in effort? Problem is that Colback could put in 100% effort every week sun rain or snow but he will never win you the game.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    After the barefaced lies from Pardew and Carver and the down trodden rolling over of Mclaren in his managerial/head coaching position there would be anger and resentment over the selling of Wijnaldum but Rafa has made it clear that we didn’t have to sell and it has been done for the right reasons. Rafa wasn’t desperate enough for the job to put himself in the spotlight as Mike Ashleys flak jacket, very much unlike his predecessors.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Because it was his first season in English football, and most importantly becausewe were a shambles of a club. You do realise when you rubbish the player, you let the ownership of the hook. This isn’t Dickensian England you know pal. Watch him do well at Liverpool, and then wonder what we are missing had he stayed under Rafa. Sissoko too.

  • 11 Spoof // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Gini a dirty jilted ex lover, well who’s to blame for that then, it can’t possibly be Gini as we all know that he never play’s away lol

  • 12 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Yeah, he might not have been committed , and so it was the right decision. But c’mon, he was hardly given the greatest platform to prove himself. What was it, 5 top players after none for two seasons. Steve McClaren after 5 months of John Carver, and no CB, LB, or CF depth of any experience. Take a look at it from other perspectives.

  • 13 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Us the jilted ex lover. Gina relieved to be away.

  • 14 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Gina? Autocorrect, you lead of rubbish!

  • 15 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    lead, bloody hell.

  • 16 funlovingexpress // Jul 25, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    I think we have enough attacking midfielders. We need a central midfielder who can pass a ball.

    Poor Gini had to do that role in away games and continually got slated for it.

    So we need to bring in at least one player where CM is his preferred position and not AM

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