Newcastle duo Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley have another massive transfer window this summer, and let’s hope it turns out like the one two years ago.
Rafa and Lee made some great buys and sales in that summer, and we even ended up with over £30M in profits.
This may be a similar kind of window and the £40M to £50M Rafa will get up front from Mike Ashley has been termed only moderate (to small) by some.
But this window really depends on how quickly some of our superfluous players can be sold.
Newcastle’s transfer duo – Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
The transfer money Rafa gets for selling players he can use to bring other players in.
And it seems the club is in full flight now having apparently agreed on a deal where Chancel Mbemba will soon move to Porto for £7M.
Fulham also say they have an agreement in principle to buy Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rafa knows it’s in his and Newcastle’s best interests to get these deals done quickly.
But he will not take any risks and first he wants a striker brought in before he will allow Mitrovic to leave – he’s not daft.
And we half expect him to bring in two strikers this summer.
If Rafa can get £7M for Mbemba, £2M for Sels, £5M for Colback, £11M for Merino and £20M for Mitrovic that’s an extra £45M he has to spend.
It’s not chicken-feed.
That gets close to £100M in total, and while that’s nowhere near what the top six PL clubs can spend, it’s at least competitive with what the other (lesser) Premier League clubs will have for their budgets.
Other players who could be sold this summer include Henri Saivet and Rolando Aarons – and even Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle if Newcastle can line up better players to come in to replace them.
And we hear that £40M-£50M could become more if Rafa signs along the dotted line for a long-term stay on Tyneside.
Oh yes – what a dream that is for fans!
As long as we can sell players quickly this summer, we could end up having a good transfer window with adequate money available to (vastly) improve the squad.
That’s our hope in any case.