Good News On Rafa’s Negotiations Last Week – “Competitive” Transfer Budget Available

The good news that’s reported in the Chronicle today is that Rafa Benitez has told the Newcastle hierarchy he will not be leaving St. James’ Park this summer.

The other good news is that discussions have been positive over the past week as Rafa himself has been talking with Managing Director Lee Charnley.

The third bit of good news is that that a “competitive transfer budget” (Chronicle’s description) will be available to the manager this summer.

But Rafa will need to sell some players this summer to bring down the wage bill so he can bring in some new and better players from what we have at the moment.

Rafa Benitez – has been given competitive transfer budget

It appears that Lee Charnley and Rafa are working together on Rafa’s initial top targets in the transfer market and that’s also positive.

Early success in that area could lead Rafa to want to sign a new deal, but he also wants to see improvements to the Benton Training facility and the U23 and Youth Academy.

In other words, Rafa wants to do everything that will make Newcastle United into a top club in two or three years time that will allow Mike Ashley to sell the club for something north of £600M.

If only Mike would see the light that some investment is desperately required to re-energize the club

We had mentioned earlier today it was possible Rafa could stay at the club and see out his final year of his contract and then become a free agent.

We hope that doesn’t happen but that seems to be the default case if the Newcastle hierarchy will not give Rafa what he wants and no agreement can be reached this summer

That would be a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United.

What do you think?

9 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    May 21, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #1

    If we can raise £20m for Sels and Colback that would make it even more competitive

  • barkel

    May 21, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #2

    We’d be lucky to get £20 never mind £20mil

  • Pottsclock

    May 21, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    That all sounds good. As others mentioned, I’d be shocked of Rafa was not on vacation at the moment and so I never expected announcements on contract renewal so quickly. In fact, history shows that rushing in in relation to the football management side has been a disaster. If it takes a few more weeks to get exactly what Rafa wants…that’s time well spent in my view.

  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    10mill wud be fine thank you. This is good news. We can guess maybe 40-50k plus sales for Rafa? I think he can do damage with that once he doesn’t make errors last season but he has done well with Lejeune etc. Kenedy on loan for another year wud be mint.

  • posada

    May 21, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Look at last years table.
    The top six have no chance of relegation next season.
    Of the rest only Everton have been in the top flight since nineteen canteen.
    Early 50’s, ever present since.

    The bottom 13. We have all been in the second tier at some time in the past ten years.
    25% chance of relegation each year.
    Good year you might be 8th. Bad year you take the drop.
    All to do with the finances in the game now.

    Should only two go down and two up.
    Must cost a fortune in parachute payments.
    It would also mean teams could invest with less fear of the drop.

  • RobLeenio

    May 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Posada, nah I like the three team rule. Gives the crap clubs a chance to get rid of their deadwood as we did and invest in youth. If done well, it can put a club on a sound footing for years to come. Not something to be feared, some clubs have made it a fine art.

  • Bambams

    May 21, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    If we can get Kenedy again on loan I agree that would be great.

    Sels, Colback, Lazaar, Elliott, Saivet, Joselu won’t bring a huge sum of money but it all adds up and gets the wages down.

    Obviously they are might players I think we could move on, there is also Mitro and Gayle depending on if we can get replacements lined up.

    Will be interesting

  • toonluvva

    May 21, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I am pleased that no details of how much this”competitive” budget is. Keep the others guessing, thereby hopefully save a little on any transfer dealings.

  • wynsleap

    May 21, 2018 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #9

    The Club will be worth £600m Ed? Are you smoking something strong?
    This club will never be worth that much money never mind what success Rafa may bring. There are too many negatives associated with this owner to justify that price tag.
    Look at what other clubs are going for. Yes we may have a huge fan base, a magnificent stadium and a world class manager but we have a guy at the very top who will never sell up at the correct and sensible price and who can’t be trusted to lie in bed straight. Oh …. and we are a million miles away from the ‘bright lights’ of London darn sarf where all the good and the great desire to be (deluded souls). Sad but true.


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