Rafa Benitez said yesterday that discussions with Lee Charnley on potential players Rafa can buy in the summer has already started.
But Rafa emphasized yesterday that he was focused entirely on getting Newcastle to 40 points in the league, so we are safe.
However, he has already held conversations with Managing Director Lee Charnley as they try to sort out which players they should go after first this summer.
Robert Kenedy – the lad looks good in black and white
This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:
“My idea is just to concentrate on Leicester, but I’m telling you that we are already working.”
“I talk with Lee Charnley and we know more or less – ‘What about this player?’, ‘What about the other one?’, ‘Can we do that?’.”
“You were asking about Kenedy, can we buy him? All these things, we are already talking about that.”
“We cannot say this is like this because still we don’t know if we will get these 40 points.”
“But it’s not that we are doing nothing now because we don’t know.”
“No, we are working, but the pace of this work changes if you know that you are already there.”
Benitez will wait until after the season ends before he signs anybody and that includes goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who will almost certainly sign up after his loan spell.
It’s also interesting how Newcastle would have fared this season if we had Kenedy on loan from last summer – as Rafa wanted – and even Dubravka.
We’ll just never know what would have happened.
It is as it is – and we’re in good shape at the moment.
But we need to win today at Leicester.