Rafa Benitez has commented on the upcoming January transfer window if we do get new owners in by the end of the year.
And his comments were made before the news was made public that Amanda Staveley has made an offer for the club which Ashley has turned down.
We’ve got to believe that when he made the following comments he had been made aware by Lee Charnley what was happening.
Staveley is reported to be going to put a new offer in for the club this week, but Rafa plays down the news there will be possibly £100M to spend in January.
Rafa Benitez – feet firmly on the ground
So things have become serious this week but whether a deal can be worked out is still uncertain.
Rafa is very cool about the whole thing and this is some of what he has said to the fans:
“My message to the fans is that we can do nothing. Stay behind the team, support the team because they can make the difference in some games.”
“For the good or for the bad. My message is also that normally we will be in the bottom five. We are in a very good position and we want to stay there.”
“If something happens it would be better for everyone. Still we are working with different options.”
“Also another message that is very clear for the fans is not that a new owner will come and spend £100M in the transfer window.”
“No chance. So our money will be more or less the same. The only thing that can change for us is if we are working right now or we will have to wait a little bit.”
“At this moment, I met Lee Charnley and we are working on our targets and that is it.”
Rafa doesn’t need £100M to improve the team in January, since if we include the transfer fee for Mikel Merino Newcastle spent a net of only around £18M over the summer to bring in six players.
So since we have players we could sell in January, Rafa doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money to make a difference to the side early next year.
£30M plus the transfer fees he could get by selling players would be something Rafa could really use to plug some weaknesses in the Newcastle side.
Loan deals will also be used to strengthen the side.
Then of course, next summer would be a major restructuring of the team if we do get new owners and some big money buys will be made.
But Rafa also knows his job is to get the team back to winning games – we have 10 important games in the next six weeks and we have to put points up on the board.
It’s an exciting time for Newcastle fans right now!