It’s a Sunday so we should probably expect some sensational news today – since it’s also the last weekend before the Premier League season starts.
There is news today in the Mirror that Newcastle has had a £12M offer for Stoke City striker Joselu turned down.
That was Newcastle’s second offer after the first one – called a derisory offer by the Potters – was also turned down.
We must say the transfer prices are going sky-high these days and we have to remember that Joselu was signed by Stoke from Hannover 96 for only £5.75M two years ago.
Andros Townsend – made available by Palace
The second bit of news in the Mirror is that Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley are not backing Rafa to bring Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend back to Newcastle.
That seems against the agreement made with Rafa – since he’s in charge of which players Newcastle go after and which players they can sell.
And yes – the third bit of news is as you probably have already guessed – Rafa is furious with things at Newcastle.
Rafa still doesn’t have a new striker this summer, and he cannot get one of his favorite players – Andros Townsend – back to the club.
Always assuming this story is true – it must be at least the second time this summer Rafa has been annoyed with the Newcastle hierarchy.
And that followed the standoff in January when Mike Ashley did not want to spend any money, and Rafa wanted two players brought in – James McCarthy from Everton and Palace’s Andros Townsend.
If the news is true, this does not bode well for the future of Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
Ashley and Charnley should accede to Rafa’s requests and not try to run the club themselves.
We’ve tried that before, and it was an absolute and utter disaster.
But we also assume the Mirror report is a little sensationalized too.
What do you think?
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