The Shields Gazette have an interesting report out today with the news that owner Mike Ashley is almost as frustrated as Rafa Benitez is right now and wants Managing Director Lee Charnley to push through the transfer deals that are pending.
Rafa Benitez should now be back in Newcastle getting ready for preseason and the players arrive next Monday morning.
He has made it clear over these last few days that he’s frustrated at the lack of progress in the transfer market.
This is not the first time Rafa has made noises in the transfer market in his career since he’s always been very keen to get good players into the club – wherever he’s been.
Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley
We presumably almost have Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune over the line – but the problem is that we’ve been saying that for two weeks – with still some difficulties about how to pay for the release amount of £8.7M in his contract.
We also missed out on the summer’s saga so far – with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham deciding to go to join Swansea City on a season-long loan rather than come to Newcastle.
There seemed some good news yesterday when it was reported in Spain we have bid £8.7M for Valencia’s 31 year-old Argentine International playmaker Enzo Perez and that could be a deal we could even close this week.
However, the transfer market this summer has been crazy with the big clubs bidding ridiculous amounts of money on individual players – even though in some cases those players are actually good players.
We assume the Gazette has inside information that Mike Ashley is indeed pushing Lee to do the signings and that being the case – if we need to pay a little bit more money for some of our targets we will do that.
The news is that Mike Ashley is in regular communication with Lee Charley and is keen to get business completed.
And the Gazette is reporting that Mike stands by his pledge made last month that every single last penny the club has will be made available to help Rafa build a strong squad for the coming Premier League season.
It’s important we make some signings this week and that’s exactly what fans are hoping for.
Three signings of good players this week and we’ll be in decent enough shape come next Monday when the players return.
And the fact that Ashley is looking for investment into the club is not affecting the transfer business one little bit – according to the Gazette.
What do you think?