There were reports yesterday in both the Mail and the Telegraph that Mike Ashley is willing to give Rafa Benitez at least £50M in transfer funds.
In addition to that Rafa can spend whatever money he can raise in the transfer market by selling players no longer wanted – like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Matz Sels, Jack Colback and Dwight Gayle among others.
But Rafa also wants more control on transfer and wants to be able to spend the funds as he sees fit.
Can this happen again this summer?
So if he wants to spend the money on two players or seven players that should be his decision.
And more to the point – not Mike Ashley’s.
The other thing is that Rafa wants to ensure Ashley and others above him share his vision for the club.
We are sorry to have to spoil the party, but that’s not going to be the case with Mike Ashley.
He’s much more interested in Newcastle’s bank account than spending big money on top players.
If Rafa really means that then it could be a deal breaker – it’s hard to fake ambition
We have also seen how Ashley can manufacture a crisis at any time.
And this will continue to happen if Rafa stays at the club with Ashley as the owner.
Ashley seems like a stubborn person and appears to be very difficult to work with; Rafa will know all about that by now.
We have to hope these current negotiations are brought to a successful conclusion as soon as possible.
But Newcastle cannot seem to do anything quickly.
What do you think?