The Sun is reporting that Mike Ashley has told Rafa Benitez he must essentially sell before he can but this month.
If that’s true, it’s going to be very difficult for Rafa to bring in some good players this month since January is always a difficult month.
Mike Ashley returns from his vacation in the US this week, so hopefully, things can be sorted out between the manager and the owner.
At the very least Rafa needs to know if he will get any transfer funds directly from the club to strengthen the squad.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley –
It’s difficult to know what exactly is happening but players like Jack Colback, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Chancel Mbemba could be sold this month – but that could take time; time that’s not available in the next three weeks.
It appears Rafa knows exactly who he wants in, and hopefully Managing Director Lee Charnley has gone out and made inquiries on the availability of Rafa’s top transfer targets.
But if Mike Ashley really will not give Rafa any of the club funds he could be setting himself up to lose a lot of money on his Newcastle investment of £263M.
THere are just 5 points between 18th placed Stoke City, and 10th placed Watford, so it’s wide open as to who can be relegated this season.
There should be some clarity on the situation when Mike Ashley returns this week, but if these reports are accurate, it could be scary.
If we can’t strengthen this month, it could put Newcastle in a difficult situation for the remainder of the season.
What do you think?