Rafa’s Transfer Conversations With Charnley Include – Can We Sign Kenedy?

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.

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9 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Roker was a horrible ground too. The bogs always backed up. The whole ground smelled like a pub bus stop. Must have been a home from home for the locals. 😀

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee….Lee…..LEE! Can you just put the sherbet fountain down for a second I want to buy this loan lad…..

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    When you think Kenedy and Dubravka are essentially low cost stop gap concessions made by the greedy fat pustule owner to safeguard his ROI, Rafa hasn’t done that bad with them.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    And yet some pundits will insist ours isn’t even a proper derby! Their idea of a derby is like the one later this morning, where Everton and Liverpool fans sit together and have a cuddle. Rubbish!
    You need that edge imo. Even the Boro Derby – if you can class that as one – has an edge to it. Can you imagine if The Heed transformed into a big team? Would that be a proper derby? Not for me.
    I will miss it, I can’t lie. However, watching them being humiliated by Accrington Stanley – who are they? EXACTLY – will be more than enough compensation for a few years!! 🙂

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Donde estas exactamente Jib? I’m in Málaga and it has been OK most of the week. Trying to rain now. I’m going up to Ronda next week and the forecast there is absolutely foul. But it’s still better than the UK. Sorry lads, but someone has to do it.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 7, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Well that’s right. Sunderland have an epl ground and epl support. Hard to waste much sympathy on them when it’s self inflicted and they’ll inevitably be back anyway. 5 seasons before we play them again in the league. I can live with it.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa has shown this season that you don’t need to spend a fortune, you just need a damn good coach. Not sure that’s good for us in the long run; the knacka might use that as an excuse not to spend again.
    What it does show however, is that if he is backed in the market, the sky’s the limit.
    For this love in the press have with Pochetino, imagine Rafa with that squad for the length of time he’s had it? They would’ve beaten Leicester to the title at best, or had a cup in the cabinet at least.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Wonder what it is with clubs that they have such a problem understanding a simple word like ‘attendance’. It’s not really that difficult if you speak the language propa like wot we does.
    Attendance is simple enough: it’s the amount of people attending the game. What it isn’t, is the amount of tickets sold, or disgruntled ST holders who can’t be bothered turning up.
    It’s not like they can’t get it right. Every ticket is registered as it goes through the reading device.
    Arsenal have to be the worst offenders, with their 59-60k crowds every game, even when there’s more empty seats than full ones. I have noticed a small club down the road resorting to similar porkies though. 🙂

  • Sav

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Forget Kenedy, Lee. Sign up Benitez!! – Oh wait, no, he’s a total professional and expects to eventually win stuff. We’d have to shift everything around to accommodate that. There must be some more desperate losers out there.


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