There was news today that Newcastle could be close to a transfer breakthrough and that some of our players could be close to finally leaving Newcastle in the next few days.
But Rafa doesn’t exactly agree with that and thinks some Championship clubs who are interested in some of Newcastle’s players will wait until the end of the transfer window to save on wages.
Newcastle players like Grant Hanley, Tim Krul, Sadio Haidara, Achraf Lazaar and Henri Saivet are available, but all are on high wages and not exactly keen to leave Newcastle.
That’s a problem for the club, and it’s been an issue in the past too – when we have tried to unload unwanted players.
Grant Hanley – available for transfer
This is what Rafa has said today as reported in the Chronicle:
“The Championship teams – normally what they do now, they wait. They wait because of wages. If they buy the player one week or two weeks after, they don’t need to pay the same wages.”
“We have some players who maybe have good salaries for the Championship while maybe Premier League teams are not interested. That is the situation.”
“The market has changed and prices are so high. If you can kick the ball forward, they will ask for £10M. If you put the ball in the net, it’s £20M.”
“I think each case will be different. You cannot say ‘You have to do this with these players’. Maybe some will have offers and others won’t.”
Rafa needs to sell players early if he is to use the transfer money to bring new players into the club, but that doesn’t seem to be happening his summer.
What do you think about this?