At some point in the near future, hopefully, in January, Benitez will be allowed to change his transfer strategy.
He then go after the players he wants at Newcastle rather than the players he can bring in on the limited budget Newcastle usually have.
The latest transfer news today coming out of Spain is that Newcastle are again interested in French-born Cedric Bakambu, who plays for DR Congo with Chancel Mbemba.
The Villareal forward played for a number of French Youth sides before making his debut.
The publication Marca is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the player along with two other Premier League clubs West Ham and Everton.
The forward is now in his third season at Villarreal since signing on for the Spanish club from Turkish club Bursaspor back in 2015.
He has been in good form for Rafa’s former club with 42 goals and 6 assists in 98 total appearances.
Newcastle were first linked with this player when he was still at Sochaux back in the summer of 2014.
That was before he signed on at Bursaspor for one year before moving to Villareal, and we were regularly linked last summer with the forward.
Cedric Bakambu – 26-year-old Villarreal forward
The player was born in the suburbs of Paris, and could be an excellent signing for us if we can get him through the door.
But the report says he’s now valued at £30M, and that could be a big problem unless we have new owners who invest heavily in the side in January.
While at Sochaux for four seasons he scored 21 goals in 107 total appearances and this summer Villarreal wanted (only) £15M for the player.
That fee seems to have increased.
He would be a good signing if Newcastle can get him in for a decent fee.
What do you think?