There’s a report in the Star today that Rafa Benitez has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to spend big in this January transfer window.
That’s not too different from the news of the last few days that Rafa has been told to sign the players he needs to ensure Newcastle United are a Premier League club come May.
In that way, Ashley will be able to get the maximum price for Newcastle as he tries to sell the club before the summer.
And it seems the striker we are trying to sign for a club record fee is Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro.
Kevin was a target of ours back in the summer of 2011 before he signed on at PSG from French club Lorient.
Kevin Gameiro – striker target from Atletico Madrid
But Gameiro is now 30 and to pay out such a fee for a 30-year-old seems strange.
The Star reports Rafa had wanted a player with Premier League experience, but the Frenchman is now available after having a mediocre first half of the season in Madrid.
But the way Rafa will look at it is if he scores the goals that save us this season he will be worth it.
If we are relegated we lose £100M at the very least next season, and we would have to sell players and build a new team for the second division.
£20M or whatever the fee is for a player like Gameiro is worth it – if he can save us from relegation.
Rafa is also said to be interested in 22-year-old Sandro Ramirez – a player he wanted in the summer from Malaga, who is now available from Everton on loan.
The Spanish U21 striker would be another excellent addition to our team if Rafa can get him in.