As we reported earlier today Rafa Benitez is frustrated at the lack of progress made in the summer transfer window and wants players signed this week so they are at the club for the start of preseason a week tomorrow.
There have been reports he could even leave if players are not signed, but we think that’s way over the top – but Charnley and Ashley must support the manager – with Rafa not one to be messed around.
We wouldn’t put it past Rafa if he has a direct line to Mike Ashley if he really is frustrated – and if he calls Mike that should scare the living daylights out of the owner.
Newcastle’ transfer duo – Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
The very last thing anybody wants to see is Rafa leave or even Rafa be unhappy at Newcastle United – he’s our future and everybody knows that.
The transfer of Florian Lejeune has been bogged down far too long now and it’s a history we have that we somehow find it very difficult to get transfers done simply and quickly.
We just hope we are not bartering on the very small things which are holding up the deals.
Rafa wants to see results – and so far they are not there in this transfer window.
It seems the delays are because Newcastle want to get good bargains on both players coming in and players leaving – like Matz Sels to Anderlecht on loan.
But we have been guilty of overdoing that in the past and we may be guilty of that this summer, since Lee Charnley has always been involved in the transfer business at Newcastle for at least the last ten years.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to get good bargains – nothing at all – but it should not stand in the way of signing players and that seems to have been what’s happened this summer.
Remember we missed out on getting Dele Alli to Newcastle two and a half years ago when we had a £5M deal all agreed with MK Dons, but we wouldn’t pay his agent the amount he wanted – and the rest is history.
Deli Alli is now a Tottenham and England sensation and how much is he worth in the transfer market now?
You always have to look at the big picture – and I’ll say no more – otherwise I’ll start to cry.
Rafa is said to be arriving back at Newcastle in the next day or two and he will talk with Lee Charnley about the transfer stuff.
This all needs to be sorted out quickly.