This is not particularly good news today that Newcastle will put their transfer business on hold until they can sort out the future of Rafa Benitez – the report is in the Sun.
Rafa’s reps have met with Lee Charnley over the last five weeks or so and now the talks are said to be at an impasse.
From the outside nothing much seems to have been agreed.
But new talks with Rafa could (should) proceed in the near future and the hope is that something can be agreed between the two sides so Rafa can sign a long-term deal at Newcastle.
There would be some problems in any case for players coming in who would want proof that Rafa intends to stay at the club long-term and not just for the final year of his current contract.
Do you really think it would have taken this long at any other club to get Rafa signed up to a long-term deal?
Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley – at least the two seem to have a good working relationship
After all – he has made it very clear he would prefer to stay at Newcastle.
But other clubs will be waiting in the wings as they watch this Ashley produced Soap Opera playing itself out.
This could explain why Martin Dubravka’s loan deal has yet to be made into a permanent £4M deal – which is an option Newcastle have.
But this cannot go on too long because Rafa will want to sign up players early in the transfer window although that may be difficult with the World Cup starting in just over two weeks in Russia.
It’s strange because maybe Rafa wants to see how Newcastle will operate in the transfer window this summer and whether they are willing to spend some big money on top players – before he signs any new deal.
Newcastle cannot afford to delay things for too long and if we are waiting for Newcastle to negotiate a deal with Rafa – it’s already taken over five weeks.
Remember Newcastle cannot seem to do anything quickly.
So this could be a dangerous move unless Rafa is signed up within the next few weeks.
Why is this so difficult for the Newcastle hierarchy?
And you wonder why it takes so long for Newcastle to get their transfers completed?
They tend to go on for weeks and last summer even for months with the Lejeune and Merino transfers – which shocked the manager.
These are just some of the things Rafa wants to change – and they are even delaying his own contract.
That’s one definition of “ironic.”
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