There’s an excellent report by Luke Edwards in the Telegraph which goes over a number of points of the negotiations between Lee Charnley and Rafa’s representatives; those talks seem to have stalled.
The Telegraph is reporting that with £60M to £80M in profits expected this financial year (that seems high) Rafa was hoping and even expecting to get that money to improve his squad.
But the amount offered to Rafa is not at that level – it’s less than that.
We assume that does not include the money Rafa can bring in with the sale of players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Matz Sels and others – and that could be quite a high sum.
But Rafa also wants the transfer business to be done quickly this year.
Rafa Benitez – not sure why transfer money so low
One thing that comes through in the Telegraph report is that Rafa wants to understand what amount he will be given and why.
He is knowledgeable of finances and how football clubs are run and seems willing to work within reasonable constraints – if they make sense financially.
But what seems to be necessary is for a one on one meeting between the owner and Rafa.
Things are looking up at Newcastle, and there could even be less criticism of the owner if he was able to keep Rafa at the club and provide the funds for the manager to start building a top team.
He doesn’t have to come to the games as long as he supports the manager and doesn’t do daft things.
We don’t know what will happen with the negotiations, but if he cannot get what he wants maybe he will just see his current contract out at Newcastle and then become a free agent next summer.
Rafa will then get some huge offers from clubs – some of which will be in the Premier League.
It’s not good if Ashley is playing hardball with the manager and he needs to sit down and have a talk with Rafa and explain his reasons why he can only give him so much.
It seems clear Rafa doesn’t understand why the transfer amount offered for the summer is currently so low.