Rafa Has Identified Transfer Targets – This Is What He Needs Now

Rafa Benitez wants to know from the Newcastle hierarchy as soon as possible what transfer funds he will get in January so he is able to know which transfer targets he can go after.

Let’s hope this is not like the summer transfer window or even last January because if that happens Rafa will not get enough money to spend and we will be fighting relegation until May.

Why Ashley has seemingly learned very little about running a football club in the 10 years he has been an owner is a little bit of a mystery.

But Ashley has never liked to spend Newcastle’s money on new players – even this season when we have come straight back up from down below.

But unless Mike Ashley wakes up to what is a dangerous situation for Newcastle he could have a second division club on his hands in May.

Rafa Benitez – needs to know what transfer funds he has

And you don’t get much in the market for English second division clubs – only for Premier League clubs.

Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley met with Benitez a few days ago on the financial situation at the club and Rafa now expects to be told the level of his transfer funds before the end of this week.

This is what Rafa Benitez said when asked if he needed to know what transfer funds he had to spend in January – as reported in the Chronicle:

“What I would say is that if you know where you are and what you have, it’s easier for me and it’s easier for our people,”

“We can talk with agents, players and clubs and say ‘we’re here’ and ‘we can’ or ‘we cannot’.”

“It’s easier. You know where you are and you can go in one direction or another one. You need to know as soon as possible.”

“Now we need to concentrate on this game. Hopefully, we can finish this game and talk.”

“We have Arsenal in a few days, but still, we need to know, because our people are traveling around the world watching games.”

“We have our targets already.”

“After the game we will talk (with Charnley) and we’ll see where we are.”

“Again, I would say it’s not an issue before the game. I want to make sure we concentrate and do what we have to do.”

“We have our people traveling. Each has their own responsibility. They’re doing their jobs. We’re doing our jobs.”

“We’ll sit down together and go in this direction or go in that direction.”

“I would say I would like to know as soon as possible. That’s normal.”

“You have to go to the market in January and have your targets. You need to know the budget. That’s it.”

“We are working on January. We are monitoring players and talking with people but at the moment we do not know how much money is available.”

“I don’t know what the budget is.”

“We just have to concentrate on preparing the team and doing our jobs properly.

“We know what we need. Can we get that? I don’t know, I just have to concentrate on the games.”

“I was asking Lee Charnley the other day and I am waiting for an answer in a few days.”

“Each club is different. You have Presidents on the continent and they do things their way.” 

“I didn’t sign any players in Inter Milan. The chairman was telling me ‘yes, yes, yes’. We were nearly there, but we didn’t sign anyone.”

It’s crunch time for Newcastle and with Crystal Palace scoring two goals in the last few minutes last night to beat Stoke City 2-1 we must start picking up the points.

That starts tonight against a decent Everton side.

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3 comments so far

  • posada

    Dec 13, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1


    You said :-

    5 points of bottom 3 a short few weeks ago and being called drama queens for showing concern now 3 of bottom but hey everthing his good!!

    amazing how 1 quote from rafa changes everything even tho “his english is very good” but in reality he very often says “how do you say ” (in english)
    then we have posters who said the deal was done and agreed a few weeks ago now saying yeah its now defo agreed just with different prices and other things
    or face to face meeting actually happening on the 1 day they didn’t say! only to back that up with well the face to face meetings were with lawyers!!
    especially when he found out that ashley had fusked of to america before friday!!
    but hey maybe i’m just a cynic
    we need a take over but all this bollicks without some actual evidence is ridiculous and just self promoting
    so how about you actually show us something instead of a load of bollicks especially you hibbit and shire
    milking it to the last if not!??


    Brilliant post. Shire has predicted everything from an Alien Landing to a Plague of Frogs.
    Also, it’s been gonna happen every day from 20th Nov to 30th January.
    If it happens he’ll say I told you so.
    His other 237 predictions …………………………………..

  • lochinvar

    Dec 13, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Is Rafa yet again managing expectations ?
    When he talks of “news after the game” it now sounds like that in his post match interview he will indicate that we are in negotiation for a number of players. That seems plausible.
    Less so is the notion that Rafa will stand in the centre of the pitch with a microphone and invite Amanda as the new owner to join him on the pitch at which point she rides out of the tunnel on a white charger (before you ask – that’s a horse) crying ” Toon Toon Black and White Army”.
    I’ll hold onto that thought throughout the match so just look for the guy with the big grin on his face.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 13, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    hibbit@368 (previous)
    Agreed – my earlier thoughts as well.
    I’d checked newsnow and not a dicky bird so why the silence if there’s something brewing – the press would normally be all over this like a rash. Press embargo perhaps ? We live in hope and have done for years.


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