From reading the reports in the Mirror and other outlets over the weekend about Rafa’s frustrations at Newcastle, we thought the real bottom line was the high transfer prices and wages being asked.
But it seems according to another excellent article in the Northern Echo today the problem is that Newcastle still has some very high wage earners on the books who are still available for transfer.
The players are the likes of Tim Krul, Henri Saivet, Manu Riviere and Sadio Haidara.
Riviere and Haidara have already turned down moves to French clubs because the wages they’re being offered there are less than what they are getting at the Magpies.
Rafa indicates how much transfer money he’s been given this summer
This is what Rafa had to say after the excellent 2-0 win against Hellas Verona yesterday as reported in the Northern Echo:
“When I decided to stay I was expecting another thing. Now we are where we are.”
“I decided to stay because of a lot of positive things I could see starting with the fans,”
“Now I will try to do my best to be sure that the team we have will be good enough to compete and stay as high as we can in the Premier League.”
“We are trying to move players out to bring players in.” “We know where we are and what we need.”
“We are looking at different options. If we can’t get one, we have to look at others.”
“We know what we need and will try to do this until the end of the transfer window.”
“We are trying to go in different directions at the same time.”
Newcastle have spent around £32M gross on five players we have brought in so far and on a net basis, it stands at around £18M by our reckoning.
|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|
There seems to be some confusion as to the exact amount Rafa was expecting to be handed in transfer funds this summer, but it appears he is being given less than expected.
But the Northern Echo is reporting that owner Mike Ashley is also increasingly concerned about the massive wages still being paid out to players who have no future at Newcastle.
As the transfer window winds down and we cannot sell those players then we expect them to be sent out on loan if at all possible.
However, it would be extremely difficult if we are left with a number of them still on the wage bill for the coming season in September.
Rafa is now paying for the ineptitude shown by Newcastle in previous transfer dealings but the 57-year-old manager seems willing to be patient during these difficult times.
We hope Rafa is willing to be patient during these turbulent times.
Rafa is the main man at Newcastle United who gives us great hope for the future.
We cannot lose Rafa.