There’s a report in the Telegraph today about the meeting between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley set for sometime next week, when the two men will try to come to some join agreements as to the level of investment in the summer transfer market as the number one issue.
But Rafa will also lay out the various improvements he wants at the club, such as improvements to the Benton training grounds and he will want to ensure he still has full control of all football matters at the club.
He will also present Mike with his long term vision for Newcastle United as he tries to transform us into a top club in Europe and start to win some trophies again after almost 50 years without one.
Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley wants Rafa Benitez to stay at the club simply because he’s been so fantastic for us over the last 14 months and Rafa wants to stay because he sees Newcastle as his next Liverpool.
The fans also love him and he’s been given more control of a club than he’s ever had before in his career.
So inside sources are saying something very important – that both men are keen to come to some sort of agreement and it will need to be a compromise.
The amount that Luke Edwards is reporting that Ashley is willing to give Rafa is £70M cash up front, but that does not include any money he can generate from selling players this summer – and that could be quite a few and some reasonable additional funds.
Rafa will then get a sizeable amount if he decides to sell players he thinks are expendable.
These have been the players out on loan this season.
|Players on Loan||Loan Period||Club|
|Siem de Jong||Season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Season||St. Etienne|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||January||Bolton Wanderers|
We will definitely get £10M for Thauvin from Marseilles and he could also elect to sell the following players:
Tim Krul (£6M)
Siem de Jong (£5M)
Emmanuel Riviere (£3M)
Kevin Mbabu (£2M)
Henri Saivet (£4M)
And of the current squad he could sell include:
Cheick Mbemba (£10M)
Grant Hanley (£6M)
Jesus Gamez (£1M)
Achraf Lazaar (£5M)
Those are very rough estimates – what do you think each player is worth?
So including the £10M for Florian Thauvin Rafa could maybe generate an additional £52M from sales this summer.
If Ashley is willing to give Rafa £70M up front plus what Rafa and Lee Charnley can make from selling players that’s around £120M in total gross outlay in cool cash for players coming in,
That should be ample enough for this summer – especially when Lee and Rafa are already lining up some free agents and some bargain buys.
And the two men worked famously last summer and if they can get somewhere near that this summer we should be just fine – although there is still a ton of work to do.
And they already seem to have done their homework for this summer and remember Rafa is nothing if not completely thorough in his planning.
We don’t think there’s going to be a problem at that Ashley-Benitez meeting.
We hope there’s not going to be a problem at that Ashley-Benitez meeting.
What do you think?