Why £150M Could Be Given To Rafa Benitez This Summer

Former Arsenal striker and BBC pundit Ian Wright believes that Rafa Benitez at Newcastle needs as much as £150M to spend this summer and we don’t think that’s too unreasonable.

That’s if you include in that £150M the money we can get for some players Rafa will want to sell this summer who no longer have a future at Newcastle – and there are quite a few of them, most of whom have been out on loan for the season.

The first one is Florian Thauvin and we will get £10M for him from Marseilles for starters – and we could have got a lot more if the fee wasn’t set last summer.

Ian Wright – BBC pundit

Then there are players like Chancel Mbemba, Grant Hanley, Siem de Jong, Tim Krul, Henri Saivet, Massadio Haidara, Emmanuel Riviere and others who Rafa could sell for reasonable transfer fees in today’s inflated market.

Rafa will meet with owner Mike Ashley this week and it’s more about getting the blueprint (strategy) for the future agreed to between the two men.

But Rafa will also get to know how much money is available to spend, but will likely be told to clear the decks of those players we don’t need any more to reduce the wage bill.

That’s very much what Rafa did last summer when he was building a Championship side.

This is what pundit Ian Wright has told BBC Radio 5 Live:

“Rafa is obviously going to stay now. For Newcastle fans, what do they want now? I’ve not heard Newcastle fans being disgruntled about the owner all season.”

“I don’t think £150M is ridiculous as a budget. When you consider there are players going for £30 million who are only just getting into Premier League teams.”

“£30M is nothing in the current climate – it’s nothing.”

“He’s got to do something. He’s got to get near to those kind of figures. They’re not just prices people are plucking out of the air when they say £150M.”

“We’ve seen Manchester United paying close to £100 million for a player.”

“What’s going to happen is that they have to start paying the kind of wages that will attract people to Newcastle, for a start, and keep them there”

“You’ve got to start to speculate to accumulate.”

Ashley spent nothing in the January transfer window so money should be available and the new financial year starts on July 1st.

And since Rafa should have Newcastle finish in the top half of the table next season the likelihood next May is that we could get upwards of £140M from the Premier League.

Rafa could have some of his figures in his presentation to Mike Ashley this week.

And don’t forget Rafa saved Mike Ashley last summer by agreeing top stay on at the club and the fans didn’t go after the owner this time like they did in 2009.

So in  a way Mike owes Rafa for that – big time.


One thing is almost certain, we will have to smash our transfer record this summer,  which is still only £17M when we brought in Michael Owen from Real Madrid 12 years ago.

At that time Rafa Benitez at Liverpool would only pay up to £8M for Owen to take him back to Merseyside, because that’s the fee they sold him to Real Madrid the year before and Rafa wouldn’t pay any more than that.

That’s it – what do you think?

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    If I could ask for one player that’s a little ambitious but I do think is realistic if we go all out for, it’s Leon goretzka of schalke. He has only a year left on his contract and there’s not been any talk of discussing a new deal. Everything we want in a player he has and with him being the centre of the park I think he could make us a force, I’ve always seen him as German Gerrard.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    I remember last year we were quite strongly linked with insigne. Does anyone think there is more to it since him and Benitez had a good relationship at Napoli? I could see rumours of him coming up again this summer.

  • awb83

    May 8, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    We won’t get £150m summer budget, it simply will not happen.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s a different kettle of fish this time round if Rafa gets his backing. We have attracted players like Cabaye, Sissoko and Wijnaldum with McCardew in charge, the pulling power of Rafa will be tenfold. You only have to look to tye players that dropped down a division to see his influence. I think the future could be very bright.

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 8, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6


    Goretzka is awesome mate. If we signed him that what be some statement of intent

  • JackBall

    May 8, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    There were a few players that when you took off the pitch, the team was not as good – Clarke, Ritchie and Shelvey. Than you have Dummett, who basically played every game, which is pretty valuable in itself. Darlow had a good year and was needed because Rafa lost confidence in Seles and Elliot was still injured, so basically irreplaceable this season. Gayle kept us going early on, but missed too many games. Clarke would be an interesting debate, because without him, I don’t think we would have lead the league with fewest goals conceded. All that being said, Shelvey was the player we never had a second option for. We looked okay the only two games without Ritchie, Murphy and Mitro filled in for Gayle, but we were rudderless without Shelvey. Even when not at his best, or when he was constantly marked, the ball had to go through him. I give Ritchie a close second – energy, passion, consistency and goals. He like Dummet, played nearly always – maybe he could have used a rest and decided to curse out an official for a day off.


    May 8, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s odd but I reckon it’ll be mainly British lads we focus on straight away

    Think we will be quick outta the blocks as well to get a full preseason with the new lads

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone reckon our squad could look a little like this for the start of next season? Where I’ve put positions that just mean I’m unsure of who we may sign, open to ideas.

    Krul, Elliott, darlow

    Right back
    Yedlin, Anita

    Left back
    Dummett, ROBERTSON

    Centre back
    Lascelles, Clark, mbemba, MAGUIRE

    Centre mid
    Shelvey, Hayden, colback, CM

    Right midfield
    Ritchie, atsu

    Left midfield
    Think we need two signings here
    Chupo-Moting is on a free and somebody else

    Number 10
    CAIRNEY, Perez

    Gayle. Mitro. SANDRO RAMIREZ, CF

    This would give us a 25 man squad. Capitals are signings who I think are our targets in them positions. Other places are aren’t filled because I can’t make my mind up.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 8, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    U23s 1-0 up

  • Bambams

    May 8, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I am ‘quite’ happy with our defence, add to it a maguire or shawcross and i think we will have a decent number of CB’s. We need a left back( as always) but if i had to pick i hope we spend some good money on a striker. I genuinely believe Rafa will know who he wants, i can still see this player coming from abroad, he hinted this one day last week re value and if they have the mental strength.

    We also need pace, somebody to link defence to attack…..who though only Rafa knows.

    Happy with the nucleus of our team, just need real quality in the right areas…up front !


  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah for me it would be the perfect signing and what we lack in the middle of the park. I don’t think it’s too unrealistic either as he’s kind of hidden from the radar of the bigger clubs.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 8, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #13

    not many then – probably double that by the close of the window at the end of August

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Do you think we need some wingers? I think we desperately need some since we have only Ritchie and maybe atsu. Both are right wingers and we have nobody on the left.

    Remember a few years ago when we had Enrique and Gutierrez, all our attacks came down the left. Now it’s all down the right. Imagine if we had both sides in one team. I think we could have rivière upfront and even he’ll score a hatful.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 8, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15


    I’m with you Shelvey was the MOS without a doubt, really can’t see why others don’t see it.

    Don’t know if the players themselves pick their player of the season, but I’d say he’d be odds on to be their choice.

    He was the one who was always there to get the ball and move it on, the often unsung hero.

  • TikiTakaAcca

    May 8, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Everyone mentioning what our squad could be.

    Yet everyone is leaving out one, if not the best players we have at the club in De Jong.

    De Jong has been fit again and beein unreal for PSV. We need to put him into the team and get some pace around him.

    Clark was important this year and probably looked bad because he was playing for Villa.

    Lascelles, like I said all season is useless. He can go, as can most of the team.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #17

    I was reading your posts and thinking you’ve got some valid points but then you said lascelles is useless and should be let go.
    Obviously I disagree and not sure what makes you think he is useless. Bear in mind other professional that played against him voted him in to the team of year.

    De Jong hasn’t had any bad injuries and has had a few full matches which is great for him but he’s only had 10 league starts. I left him out of any squad and say he should be sold as for me he is too much of a risk to keep in the 25 man squad. I always feel his next big injury is just around the corner.

  • catchy in norway

    May 8, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #18

    its quite funny isn’t it, i get slated for pointing out Lascelles. i get told im stupid because his fellow pros put him in the team of the year, yet on this very site right now Clark who i said over this season has been twice the defender Lascelles and is over 1000% higher rated by our own fans. and that Dummett who i think is ok, is only 3 votes behind Lascelles and dummett come in for a lot of SHTICK..

    i voted Ritchie, just his all round season was fantastic, he never stopped running, Shelvy has the ability but went missing to often for me, but i put a lot of that down to he plays to far back for him to really shine.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #19

    You’ve said he’s rubbish. His fellow proffessionals who have played against him think otherwise. The manager rates him above Mbemba and Hanley. Just because he is not deemed our best player does not mean he is rubbish.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Was Hanley injured on Sunday?

  • catchy in norway

    May 8, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #21


    again you have got it wrong, i have never said he is rubbish, i said he should not be our captain, and it kind of made him un droppable,

    Raffa may rate him, but at least i know most others say (by way of vote) Clark has been by far our best CB, which kind of makes a mockery of the team of the season. simply because we see him for 90 minutes week in week out, fellow pros only see highlights… huge difference

  • Bambams

    May 8, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Looks like there will be a North East derby next year…..

  • catchy in norway

    May 8, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23


    you mean no derby?

  • Bambams

    May 8, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Sunderland v Boro in the Championship !

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Full-time #nufc U23s into the play-off final of Premier League 2.


    May 8, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Hanley had a knock

  • Jib

    May 8, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Boro and Sunlun
    Ha ha ha

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 8, 2017 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Bye bye boro

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #29

    That is going to be one seriously hard division to get out of next year, Villa and Norwich will be up there with the three play off teams that don’t make it, Derby and Leeds might fancy their chances as well.

  • lochinvar

    May 8, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Ian Wright says it as it is and I increasingly like his clarity – £150 million doesn’t go far these days. Chelsea have two players lined up for £70m which is the going rate for the top six at least.
    Newcastle and Rafa must be the biggest draw after the likes of Chelski and Man city because the others such as Stoke or West Brom are not clubs you would want to join and not places you would want to live in either.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 8, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Watching chelsea walk all over Boro tonight reminds me just how far we have to go. I believe rafa can build it the right way though.

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Boro getting pulverised.

  • lochinvar

    May 8, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Beginning to think that with Sunlun in crisis and Boro limited in their resources that maybe the two should merge to form a new club in that part of the world.
    Stadium of Dark and Gloomy could be sold to Nissan for a new factory and a ground share with Hartlepool organised to help them get back on their feet and cheer up Jeff Stelling.
    Just the name to sort.
    Middleland or Borolund perhaps .

  • Toonfan8

    May 8, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    GK:Pickford 15M
    CB:Maguire 15M
    LB:Alberto Moreno 15M
    CM:Tielemans 30M
    AM:Sigurdson 15-20M
    WG:Oxlade Chamberlain 15-20M
    FW:Defoe – free
    thats 115M if possible and these players would strengthen us massively….these are buys that would give us something….we can then have very competitive squad
    GK: Pickford/Darlow/Elliot
    RB: Yedlin/Anita
    LB: A.Moreno/Dummett/Haidara
    CB: Maguire/Lascelles/Mbemba/Clarke
    CM: Tielemans/Shelvey/Hayden/Colback
    WG: Ritchie/Ox.Chamberlain/Atsu/Aarons
    SC: Gayle/Mitrovic/Defoe/Armstrong
    thats 27 man squad and is very strong, I hope Rafa will attract these kind of players with experience in the EPL plus supertalent Tielemans…

  • welshgeordie9

    May 8, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #35

    From some of the papers, tell you what I will have whatever he’s smoking.

    Ha ha ha

    Stan Collymore believes just three particular signings will make Newcastle United a footballing force once again.

    The former Liverpool and Aston Villa star says Mike Ashley should go out and get Cesc Fabregas, John Terry and Jermain Defoe to allow manager Rafa Benitez to bring big European nights, like the night Tino Asprilla netted a hat-trick against Barcelona, back to St James’ Park.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 8, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Fabregas and Terry are on the brink of winning the league, why the frig would they want to leave, hang on should we me a bid for Costa and Hazard as well.

  • Jib

    May 8, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #37

    The 3 would be

  • welshgeordie9

    May 8, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #38


  • north east lincs toon

    May 8, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Lochinvar or call them smoglund

  • GeordieTwo

    May 8, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry Ed but that number is ridiculous, even including sales of players. My guess is that Ashley would pay for at most three or four good players. Of course it depends on who we sell and what we get but I can’t see more than 30-35M from sales. That leaves 115-120M! Ashley would never commit to that, not even for Rafa.


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