Rafa Benitez has said that the way Newcastle do their transfer business needs to change.
We missed out on several top targets last summer, but that was mainly because Newcastle didn’t have the money of other Premier League clubs.
And as usual Mike Ashley didn’t want to spend money and preferred to have the finances look better so he could sell the club.
But Mike Ashley will still likely be the owner this summer, and if Newcastle don’t go out and sign players quickly, then Rafa could leave.
He will see this as a test to see if Ashley has the same level of ambition the Spaniard has for Newcastle.
The answer to that seems like it’s a no.
A great test case is Kenedy, who seems to be available for £15M from Chelsea.
A rare smile from Rafa Benitez as Kenedy gets a standing ovation on Saturday
If Ashley dithers on this one that would be proof that Rafa cannot work with an owner who will not spend the money to make Newcastle into a top team.
West Ham – if they survive the drop – are likely to go after Rafa this summer to appease their frustrated fans.
Here are some tweets from Geordie fans regarding Kenedy.
£15million for Kenedy? Think I’d take that. #NUFC
— Jimmy Nail (@JimmyNailsTails) March 13, 2018
If we don’t buy kenedy for a price like that you can guarantee Rafa won’t get any money from Ashley in the summer! #NUFC
— Rafa (@El_MagoNUFC) March 13, 2018
Newcastle will try to land Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent deal this summer. Rafa Benitez will have to pay up to £15m for the Brazilian who has helped lift United away from relegation trouble. [Mirror] #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 13, 2018
No doubt Kenedy is a great player and worth the £13m quoted but lets not forget we have Ashley in charge. He wants to sell the club and until he does just that, he won’t be investing a single penny in the club #nufc
— Tim Cunningham (@timcunningham80) March 13, 2018
£15m for Kenedy? So who’s starting the GoFundMe account then? #NUFC ??
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) March 13, 2018
The toon supposedly have to pay 15m to sign Kenedy on a permanent basis. Ohhhh my days if this is true we need to get him signed asap #NUFC
— Adam (@adam83perry) March 13, 2018
If true, 15 million for Kennedy may be the best signing of next season already! Sort it out now fat Mike! #nufc
— Simon Cooper (@coopermatic) March 13, 2018
— Raaaaaaaafabeeeeeee (@rafabee123) March 13, 2018
£15 million for Kenedy? Yes he hasn’t played that many games yet but he has made a massive impact. Get him signed up now before other clubs start sniffing around #nufc
— Karl Muirhead (@KarlMuirhead) March 13, 2018
— Oxley (@Pauloxley3) March 13, 2018
If the reports are right and we can get kenedy for £15m we should be snapping Chelsea’s hands off #nufc
— The 1892 (@The1892_nufc) March 13, 2018