We haven ‘t exactly had a good time of it trying to make loan deals for the coming season which would help the club make the transfer money for this summer go further and allow us to get more good players into the club.
We still expect Rafa to buy at least two players worth more than £20M each this summer – but they may not come in until later in the summer.
As usual, Rafa wants players in as quickly as possible and for good reason too – so they can get used to the way Rafa wants them to play and also to understand the way their team-mates play.
Rafa Benitez – seems happy enough
But we haven’t been too successful with loan deals for the season – not yet anyway.
We have failed to bring in Tammy Abraham who went to Swansea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (what a name!) who went to Crystal Palace and it looks like Liverpool have blocked a loan move from Newcastle for a player Rafa rates very highly indeed – Sheyi Ojo.
But there’s news in the Chronicle today that Rafa is still hoping to get some good players in on loan from some of the top clubs – like Chelsea and Manchester City to name two of them.
Rafa apparently thought about trying to get striker Michy Batshuayi in earlier in the summer but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte still rates the striker and thinks the player can improve once he has another season of coaching at the Premier League Champions.
Antonio seems very much like Rafa Benitez in that he thinks he can improve every player in his first team squad and like Rafa – considers that part of his job.
Not a bad attitude to have when you are a coach.
So we could get a couple of good players in on loan and some players in via transfer fees that will have to exceed £20M each and we still have the money to do just that.
|Javier Manquillo||£4.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Mikel Merino||Loan - season||Borussia Dortmund|
|Transfer Fees In||£34.5M|
|Vurnon Anita||Released||Aston Villa|
|Haris Vuckic||Released||FC Twente|
|Lubo Satka||Released||FC DAC 1904 |
|Kevin Mbabu||£1.0M||Young Boys|
|Matz Sels||Loan - season||Anderlecht|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Bolton|
|Lewis Gibson||£1.0M initially||Everton|
|Daryl Murphy||£2.0M||Nottingham Forest|
|Ivan Toney||Loan - season||Wigan Athletic|
|Siem de Jong||£4.0M||Ajax|
|Grant Hanley||£3.5M||Norwich City|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Brighton|
|Achraf Lazaar||Loan - season||Benevento|
|Transfer Fees Out||£22.5M|