This Is What Rafa Has Said About Newcastle’s Transfer Situation

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.

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6 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Munster – So your post was either..

    Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #92
    …..desperation… suggestion that this guy is better than mitro….rafa’s transfer judgement…..hardly covered himself in glory…….Jorgi the Geordie isn’t the answer……doesn’t seem worth 20m…can’t blame Ashley for not buying…..

    ———— OR. ————–

    Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #92
    I hope we get him….this guy is better than mitro when we signed him… I trust rafa’s transfer judgement although he has….covered himself in glory… he did well with… merino…..we deffo need real mobility up there…..hoping for best…. blame lies with Fats for the total mess of a transfer window in the summer….. should have got our man ages ago.

    But when you put them both together they are:-

    hi everyone. Munster here


  • ToonRich

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh well, I bet Charnley went straight to Mash with the C-list…”here you are boss, Rafa wants these…think theres a couple of cheap ones here”

  • Toonces

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Ok. So Rafa has been clear to Mitro that he won’t be sold unless someone nrw comes in and also not to a PL rival. Can you tell us the fans what Mitro (and Mbemba, others? for that matter) needs to do to get a game for NUFC? I just want our journos to find out Rafa’s reasoning.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    We can’t write him off before he’s kicked a ball in the Prem. Maybe the Dutch league isn’t as strong as the Prem these days but a lot of the bloggers on here wanted Dembele from Celtic, but the SPL isn’t as strong as the Dutch league.

  • nufc 11

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    I have to say I didn’t see anything of note with this Danish lad, you wouldn’t even know he was on the pitch type, the exact polar opposite of whats needed, but hey, nufc can afford his wages. VERY LIKE JANESEN SPURS SIGNED FEW YEARS BACK. HE HAS A International TEAM MATE, Yusi Poulsen plays in Germany very like Diego Costa a pit bull type that defenders hate play against rather have him in a relegation dogfight.

  • mactoon

    Jan 26, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not convinced by the Jorgensen deal, he could very easily struggle in the Premiership and for the same amount I would rather go for Slimani who has experience of our league.


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