The Star are reporting news from a Sun correspondent today that Newcastle have a deal all lined up to (try to) sign Chelsea’s Robert Kenedy from Chelsea, but Mike Ashley has yet to give the go ahead.
Mike Ashley was reported to have told Rafa previously this summer that he must sign his new contract before he reveals to him the transfer funds he will have available this summer.
So Rafa signs and the owner tells him he has £20M to spend this summer?
Rafa Benitez – held to ransom?
And now the news is that he will only sanction the deal for Kenedy if Rafa signs a new deal first.
We cannot help but think this is a Sunday morning story since it makes little sense – and it’s sensational.
Sun reporter Alan Nixon on his personal Twitter account is saying Ashley wants Rafa to sign his new contract before he gets the transfer money he can spend this summer.
So how did he bring in Ki Sung-yueng on Friday because we all know that free transfers these days are no longer free?
The report is not only that Rafa will not sanction the deal for Kenedy, but he will not give Rafa the money to spend this summer until he signs a new contract at Newcastle.
We just don’t believe this is true.
If it is true, it means we cannot be negotiating with any club in good faith if Mike Ashley will not cough up the money once a deal is agreed.
The other way to look at it – if it is true then Rafa could walk.
Yes – it ‘s a Sunday – just checked the calendar in case I have died and ended up in hell.