It may be difficult for Rafa Benitez to fortify the squad in January for at least two reasons.
One is he may not get the money if Mike Ashley is still the owner and the second is that the fees being quoted for players are continuing to rise to ridiculous heights.
In his interviews yesterday, Rafa talked about a player he was interested in and was quoted £50M for him – when he obviously wasn’t worth that fee.
Rafa Benitez – more money – better players –
This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:
“When I was at Liverpool people were saying: ‘You have to win the title.’”
“I was checking the last 10 years and the team that was winning the league – Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal – and they had the largest wage bills,”
“Who are the top six wage bills now? They are the top six in the table. Simple.”
“We have just arrived in the Premier League. Some teams like Watford and Burnley have been here two or three years, and the wages and transfer fees that they pay are bigger than us.”
“It is a fact.”
“The prices that you paid for two or three years ago is nothing to do with the prices you pay now.”
“I was talking with an agent one hour ago, he was telling me: ‘This player is £50M.’”
“I replied with: ‘£50M?’ ‘Yes, because in China they pay £50M.’ But he is not worth £50M, but we know these are the prices.”
“But we cannot control that because the agents they are the first ones who are interested in keeping the prices high.”
“When you have the money you can buy them.”
“When you don’t have the money, how can you compete? ”
“To go early. We were there to sign players early in May. That is my point.”
There was a big effort in May last year to get some players in early in the summer but it failed miserably, and Rafa was not happy.
Once the takeover is completed – if it ever happens – it will be interesting to see what role Lee Charnley takes.
We don’t expect him to leave the club, but he may take on a different role in the new regime.
He may no longer be the main person on transfers.
And if Amanda Staveley is successful in her takeover bid it looks like she could become the Chief Executive of the club so it would appear she could be hands-on.
It’s now looking doubtful a takeover can be completed by the end of this year
What do you think?