Raf has given his press conference this afternoon for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge – which has a 1:30 pm kickoff time.
The manager was asked about the transfer window and he reiterated that he has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to bring players in.
But Rafa doesn’t know how many more players will come in before next Wednesday night.
Lee Charnley is the main man on the transfers, and Rafa speaks to him every single day; Lee also takes guidance financially from Mike Ashley – which is not particularly good news.
Rafa gives very little away about transfers in his press conferences, but he has praised new loan signing Kenedy and did cover a number of points in his press conference today.
Rafa Benitez – during his press conference
Rafa was asked directly about the potential Jorgensen deal and this is what Benitez said:
“I don’t deal with that. We have given a list with A, B and C options.” “We are in the same situation.”
“I have had meetings with Lee Charnley every day, Mike Ashley gave us the green light to go forward.”
“It’s positive, you have to be positive during the window.” “We are talking and we are waiting on news.”
“I have been clear with Mitrovic and his agent that he will only leave if we sign players, and not to a Premier League rival.”
“I see Brighton are interested, but we are not selling any player to any other Premier League club, unless they want to come with £50M.”
“Kenedy is a player we were monitoring. He is a young player but he knows the Premier League. A lot of positives – he has quality, he has energy. He is a good addition for us.”
“He can play as a wing-back, a left-back, a winger on the left or right. He is fine and it’s just a question of match fitness (for next week’s game against Burnley).”
“I think we have to reduce the January window to 15 days. It is a problem for players, for managers. We are waiting to the 31st and are relaxed.”
We are still hoping for three new players coming in before next Wednesday evening – it’s time for Ashley to show he can get the job done for Rafa this month.