Report – Enormous £500M War Chest For Rafa Benitez If Newcastle Sold

The Express are today reporting that Newcastle could be handed an enormous war chest for transfers should the club change owners before the end of the year.

The news last week was that Amanda Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners group would bid £300M and then have £150M for player investment over the next two years.

In some reports that amount got expanded to £300M for player investment alone and today that amount in the Express is said to have reached £500M.

It’s like when fishermen tell the stories about the size of the fish they caught – they keep getting bigger.

£500M may be a good figure for the total investment required over the next two years – say £300M to buy the club and then up to £200M to invest in new players.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

But that’s not what the Express is reporting.

Here’s an extract from the report in the Express:

“And Benitez will be given substantial funds on new players as much as £500 million in the next two transfer windows to turn Newcastle into title contenders.”

It’s difficult to know how you could use £500M in the transfer market.

Well, maybe not with players going for £193M and more these days.

But we don’t think Rafa will pay too much for players – he is building a strong side of players who have the right character, determination, courage and ambition to play for Newcastle United.

That will not change if he is given big money to spend.

What will be possible is we can get three or four world-class players into the side – make that four.

How much that will cost is a good question, but we can still get bargain buys too.

Like Mikel Merino for £6M.

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27 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    The Express

    We’ll probably get £50, then.

  • Clematis

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail from last post

    You don’t know what game i was watching? That would be Newcastle v Crystal Palace.

    Although it was no classic it was not the worst game ever by any means. Losing 2-0 to Swansea under Pardew was sh!t, mate. As are all defeats.

    I’m not having a go, marra – just saying.


  • catchy in norway

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3


    If we had 500 million to spend, all that would happen is, 6 Million pound players suddenly become 25 million pound players, Rafa dosnt care about the price of a player, its not his money, he just wants the player.

    when the very top players are now 150 million plus, how many very good players will 500 million get you ? 10 maybe.

    silly season right around the corner

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Sat in the Milburn stand yesterday as a favour to a mate, for 86 minutes I thought you weren’t allowed to sing up there. I know it’s hard to get a song going when the match is so bad but surely these people have a duty and not just leave it to the Gallogate

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    i didnt mind the game yesterday. it wasn’t a classic, but we won and it wasnt a fluky win

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6


    Sections of the Platinum do.So it’s not just left to the Gallowgate
    Another excellent post by you.. Well done

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    They didn’t yesterday until 86 minutes.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Pickford earning his crust today!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Some are reading way too much into Merino been on the bench. Simply, he played an international before the Southampton game so was rested, Shelvey and Hayden played well enough and retained their spots for yesterday.

    Neither Hayden or Shelvey did themselves justice yesterday so I expect Merino back in next weekend.

    Joselu actually worked harder than he has done for a while yesterday, but wasn’t involved at all when we had possession. Aside from the obvious reason for Rafa not trusting Mitro, I think another is simply tactical awareness and ability to follow instruction. A large part of why we are where we are is because all the players know where to be in relation to each other and the ball when the opposition have it. Rafa will be very reluctant to weaken the unit, one player goes off plan and that makes others have to and the whole thing can come undone.

    For me though Mitro has to be given another chance, Joselu has become so passive since his initial promise of looking like a relative bargain. Mitro came on yesterday and instantly won a flick on that forced a corner and eased the pressure by cleverly winning a free-kick with his back to goal – both those things Joselu just doesn’t seem to have in his locker. Routinely umps underneath the ball, built like a kite so must be the wind buffeting him..


    The stream I watched regularly showed spectators (not supporters) looking thoroughly fed-up and distracted doing other things. Many people are generally too self-conscious these days it seems and have the approach of going to watch a show at the theatre rather than to support a football team.

    Watching from afar I get the impression it’s about 25% of the crowd that still do the traditional supporting no matter what at St James’ and I’d bet most of those are comprised of our fantastic away following. More get involved when the match is reaching a head or gets heated and they can’t help but breakout from their middle-class pretence.

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Well you wernt looking at Row lol block 12 then was ya sunshine

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    ll just in case ya pull us up for any illiterate spelling like the other night

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    500 million on transfers 🙄

    Lazy Sunday journalism taking place.

    Still wouldn’t be enough of a budget for some one here

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13

    F@ck me we are judgemental today.
    So if you sit in the Gallowgate and watch the match but don’t sing that’s fine .
    But if you sit in The Milburn.. Platinum ya middle class and full of Pretence

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    I seem to have rattled your cage today Jazzy?

  • AncientC

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    “If we had 500 million to spend, all that would happen is, 6 Million pound players suddenly become 25 million pound players.”

    I don’t think it quite works that way. A club want to keep hold of a player, the price that will twist their arms isn’t going to go up, it will already be very high. Lost more dynamics to consider… there will be players that want to leave their clubs, players reaching the end of their contracts… pay high wages and the players will come.

    If the club had £500 million to spend on players, it wouldn’t be in the market for £6 million players anyway, so moot point.

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #16


    just in case Watch ya spelling mate

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17


    I’m just getting fed up of ya sly digs all the time Jail and pulling people up on matters that often don’t relate to football.
    Are you honestly gonna try and tell me you can see the whole Platinum from where you sit??
    Please don’t judge everyone just because that section you sat in wasn’t singing

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 22, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Ok mate will do. Thanks 🙂

  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    @Jail: I sit in the Gallowgate and a lot of people (me included) were hard pushed to sing for a team that quite clearly expected a win to come to them.

    The Milburn and certain sections of the Leazes are awful to sit in if you like to get vocal. I remember a few years back I was sat just outside the old singing section (maybe a block over) because I couldn’t get a ticket for my usual spot in the Gods. Me and one other bloke. Everybody else gave us dirty looks, and one bloke told us to shut up as we were ‘spoiling his time at the game’. Some of the characters you get in the Milburn, man.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 22, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Few armchair fans on here today

  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21

    @Jazzy: To be fair, the comment that seems to have fired you up (“middle class pretence”) wasn’t made by Jail – that was Hail Wor Ashley. Jail just said that it was where he sat, and used a generalised statement – y’know, to ease discussion.

    “Sat in the Milburn stand – block C, row H, seat 51 (just to the right of the vomitory, and up from the Steward post) – yesterday as a favour to a mate, for 86 minutes I thought you weren’t allowed to sing up there. I know it’s hard to get a song going when the match is so bad but surely these people have a duty and not just leave it to the Gallogate”

    Is a bit cumbersome to type in casual conversation, no?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #22

    I really don’t see how that was a
    “sly ” dig at you, it was an observation from where I was sitting, you pulled me up awhile ago for singling you out when disagreeing with you. I’ve got nothing against you or your posts and actually enjoy your input.

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23


    It was about the Platinum or Milburn not singing again that fired me up and I’m fed up of it.
    We all pay our money to go and watch the match in which ever section we wish to sit. And every fan has a god given right to watch and participate in the match as they see fit.
    The Platinum is based predominantly around the older clientele especially where I sit and don’t see them amongst the young uns based in the Gallowgate.
    And to be fair the Platinum has lost a lot of its regulars that have frequented the Milburn for many years, So maybe that’s why the singing doesn’t come from this section as it is mainly based on flying visitors.
    Just an observation like


    Oct 22, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Oct 22, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Yohan Cabaye linked to Barbara Kahan

    Barbara Kahan ran a massive boiler room out of 788-790 Finchley Road

    Now are you beginning to understand wht HMRC are investigating Newcastle United.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 22, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Explain this inanutshell ?

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t know what your getting at ?


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