We looked at the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards’ Twitter communication with Newcastle supporters, and the reporter was pressed on what exact amount Rafa Benitez will be getting this summer in transfer funds.
While we know it’s difficult to identify an exact amount he said he thought it was £50M plus what Rafa can get from player sales this summer.
Now that’s potentially a lot better than last summer when we didn’t have so many players we could sell for decent amounts.
Mbemba is close to signing for Porto for £8M, and maybe we can agree a deal say for £2M to move Matz Sels to Anderlecht.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – will be sold this summer
Rafa will also want to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the price Newcastle put out recently fro him was £20M didn’t seem to put off potential bidders for the Serbian international.
Let’s say we can get £20M for the 23-year-old – then that takes Rafa’s transfer funds up to £80M if we also sell Mbemba and Sels.
While that’s not an enormous amount these days, it’s decent enough, and more than Rafa got last year – like it’s twice what Rafa got to spend last summer.
To be fair it is difficult sometimes to unload players, and the easiest ones to sell this summer seem to be Mbemba, Sels, and Mitro, but Rafa can also sell Jack Colback, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons, and Henri Saivet.
The player he could sell reasonably quickly if he wants to is striker Dwight Gayle, and he’s worth £15M to a Championship club given his propensity for scoring goals in England’s second division.
But we’re not sure if Rafa wants to keep Dwight at the club for next season.
So how much Rafa gets to spend is dependent this summer on selling some players, but we also need to get players off the wage bill.
Rafa and Lee Charnley will have a target they need to reach for the total wage bill for next season.
They need to get players off the wage bill by selling them or loaning them out.
And then it’s a balance of the players coming in (both permanently and on loan) and their wages – which are likely to be high.
So this is a more positive way of looking at Rafa’s transfer funds, and as long as he can sell some players this summer, it may not be that small.
And Rafa has to sell players to help reduce the wage bill in any case.
What do you think?