There’s news in the Mirror today (Simon Bird) that Rafa Benitez wants written guarantees in his contract if he is to sign a new deal to stay at the club.
Newcastle have offered Rafa a new deal but once bitten twice shy – and he wants to ensure he gets transfer money in the next few transfer window, so he doesn’t have to go through another season like this one.
The Mirror is reporting that sources told them the manager and Newcastle struck a verbal agreement last May that gave Rafa around £70M to spend over three transfer windows.
Rafa Benitez – wants written guarantees from the club
But as we know Rafa was not happy last summer when he was unable to sign some of his top targets because of a lack of funds.
Hence he wants more than verbal agreements this time around and will insist on figures being written into his contract on what transfer funds he can expect in the short-term.
You can hardly blame Rafa for this, and he did the same thing two years ago before he would sign a contract to initially come to the club.
Newcastle should be getting around £125M from the Premier League later this month, so hopefully, there will be enough money for transfers to keep him at the club.
But in the Fans Forum meeting last week Lee Charnley said Newcastle would make a loss during the time we were down in the Championship in the 2016-2017 financial year.
And it seems that Ashley loaned the club another £35M to help pay the huge wage bill for a Championship club.
The good news for Rafa is that we now have some players who can bring in some decent transfer fees this summer including Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle, Jack Colback, Matz Sels and Chancel Mbemba.
Rafa should be able to use that money to help bring in new players this summer.
What do you think?