The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa Benitez was a little bit concerned when the news leaked on Monday night via Sky Sports that Mike Ashley was willing to sell a portion of the club or all of it, if he can get the price he wants for the cub which is reported to be around £400M.
Obviously Rafa being Rafa – he is only concentrating on the job at hand and that’s a tough one with many new players needing to come in during this summer’s transfer window.
And the news has been that at least eight potential first team players need to be signed, but Rafa also wants some top development players to also be brought in.
So the Chronicle is reporting there could be aas many as 12 new players coming into the club this summer.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
There will also be many players who will leave Newcastle as we reported earlier this morning.
It’s not a good time to have any upheaval at Newcastle and it seems to be a (slight) concern for Rafa.
But he has been assured b y the powers that be that negotiations for investment into the club or selling the club outright will not affect the transfer plans already in place for this summer.
But it’s still a bit of a concern with the club having been very stable since Rafa arrived 15 months ago and it’s the most stability we have seen at Newcastle for many many years.
The news is that Mike Ashley’s best chance of getting investment or selling the club is to a Chinese consortium or one from the USA, as reported today in the Chronicle.
Both have shown an interest in entering negotiations with the Newcastle owner.
No firm offers have been received, but they are probably a long way away with the buyers needing to carry out due diligence and any buyer or investor will need to take a look at the financial records and that kind of time-consuming activity.
The major thing for Rafa and the fans is that we start to bring in some top players this summer, so Rafa can meet his goal of having a first team squad that’s good enough to finish somewhere in the top half of the Premier League next season.
That would be a solid start for Newcastle back in England’s top division and then we can go onwards and upwards from there.
Howay The Lads!!