According to the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez is carrying two cell phones when he takes the Newcastle training as he keeps in close touch with Managing Director Lee Charnley on the transfer situation.
Rafa was hoping that some progress would be made by the time the lads returned from their excellent 3-1 win at Wolfsburg yesterday, but it doesn’t seem like a breakthrough is near at the moment.
The primary transfer target we are after is 29-year-old Arsenal striker Lucas Perez who is available for transfer at what seems a reasonable £13.4M fee.
But with Newcastle’s financial situation, that still appears to be too much for us and instead we have been trying to get a season loan deal for the Spanish striker.
Lucas Perez – Newcastle cannot afford the £13.4M for him
Arsenal wants a straight sale and Perez’ agent yesterday made it clear Newcastle weren’t the only club interested in the striker and that there was interest in Perez in England, Spain, Germany, and Italy.
The other difficulty Newcastle have right now is we must sell some of the many surplus players we have before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
And it’s difficult because players are turning down deals which offer them less than the stellar wages they are getting on Tyneside.
The last 28 days of the transfer window should be interesting and while it’s possible Lee And Rafa can get the job done it will not be easy.
But as time goes by it will be harder to sign Lucas Perez who would be a stellar signing for us.