It looks like one of the reasons Mnaging Director Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez get on so well is that they both like to get some good deals in the transfer market.
But Rafa has said that some of the prices he is being quoted for players next month are too high and putting him off some of the players he may fancy.
The Newcastle manager also says we already have a good squad and it could be that he cannot find the players in January at the right price to bring in.
Rafa Benitez – prices quoted for player are very high
If that turns out to be the case he will go for the rest of the season with the squad we already have – which is already strong.
Rafa has lots of contacts in the game and he has already been talking to both agents and players, but some of the prices he has been quoted are ridiculously high.
Rafa will bring in players in January, but only if they improve the squad and only if the players are good enough to also play in the Premier League.
This is what Rafa has told the local press as reported in the Chronicle:
“What you need is balance.”
“Maybe we need a midfielder – maybe we need a winger. But we have players in every position – a couple of them. So we’re not looking for this or that.”
“We know that we will move if we can have some good Premier League players, or Ligue 1 or in Spain. If you can find these players at the right age and price, and they can play in the Championship then great.”
“But there are not too many who want to come and not too many that will take the risk. They maybe say ‘I wait and maybe next year I go’.
“You have young players available, but they say £20M. Do you need to pay £20M for a player when you’re at the top of the table with a good squad and doing well? Maybe not.”
“We are trying to find this balance. If we cannot, we can go with the same squad. You see teams in the Championship and they are signing players.”
“But it’s easy for them. It’s just to improve their position. It’s enough.
“For us, in our position and for our fans, we need to sign players with a Premier League level or players that can be better than the players that we have.”
“That is not easy to find these players in the Championship market.”
That’s some good thinking and analysis by Rafa – so it will be interesting to see if Rafa brings in players next month and how many.
With transfer prices continuing to escalate, things in the transfer market are getting harder rather than easier.
What do you think?