Rafa Talks About How Newcastle Must Do Their Transfer Business

Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he hints that Newcastle are far too slow in their negotiations for players in the transfer market.

We already knew that, but it’s still a problem this summer with Rafa saying if you are to be successful in the transfer market you cannot waste too much time.

Wasting time is something Newcastle are famous for, and when we cannot agree on a transfer fee for a player with another club, then things can be held in abeyance for weeks or even months.

Two men who do transfers – Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez

With a shortened summer transfer window we cannot do that, and Rafa has also said there is still plenty of time to sign players if we do things in the right way.

This is what he has said about this summer’s transfer market which is tough because the prices are so high:

“We can’t talk about players at the moment. We are just working and trying to get closer to some players.”

“It depends on so many things and we can’t say too much.”

“It is difficult because the prices have gone very high for everyone. Some people say: ‘Oh the deadline is the problem’.:

“It’s not.”

“If you are ready and you do what you have to do there is plenty of time.” “It’s just to be sure when you go for a player you make sure you sign him.”

“You don’t want to waste too much time so you know more or less then you go for it and that’s it.”

Hopefully, we can announce the loan deal for Kenedy today and then we will have Dubravka, Sung-yuen and Kenedy as new signings so far – all good deals for the club.

Now Rafa needs at least one new striker brought in.

And we need to get deals finalized for players like Mbemba, Mitrovic, and others – who will be leaving the club this summer.

There’s still a lot of work to do – both incoming and outgoing.

Rafa stresses Newcastle have to show some speed in doing deals.

He’s right there.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Moonraker…It’s just lobbyism and the usual propaganda…

    …nothing you should take serious! Some call it Lulz! You know a joke on other people’s expense. That’s what he do…he thinks he’s funny!

    …right Tsunki 😉

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Do the players go to Ireland today? If so, if Kenedy hasn’t yet been finalised, does he get on the plane with them? I’ll be interested to see who else does / doesn’t

    Also, I hope it’s not an evening flight….

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I take Rafas comments as “nothing’s changed”

    He’s identified targets done all the leg work and the club is still cutting his legs off.

    We’ll never get players over the line offering 75% of what their parent clubs want.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Copy and paste from last summer

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Rob…if the deal isn’t finalised just yet Kenedy will fly out when it is…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    So will you guys beat Croatia tonight? We almost had ‘em!

  • Little h

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Keep modric and rakatic under wraps and there’s no reason why not

  • jazzyp

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8


    2-0 mate to the 3 lions

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree keep Modric under wraps and you can break em

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Jazzyp…I think there’s a huge chance you guys might just go all the way!

    …just don’t jinx it with more of that stats of yours 😉 lol

  • martoon

    Jul 11, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I wonder if Kenedy is stopping in a Hotel or he was confident enough to keep his house on from last season? 😉

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    I thought Croatia looked absolutely knackered on extra time in the Russia game
    Two extra time games and two penalty shootouts plus players in the twilight of their careers has taken its toll and with England having a relatively easy passage I think England will win easy

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Charlie, I agree – the’re going to be chasing shadows with our players being younger and very comfortable with the ball which should compound any fatigue they already have. They’ll also struggle to break with any kind of pace which is the one area we’ve looked frail this tournament.

    We could lose this game, but I don’t think we will. As ever, the first goal will be critical.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14


    We have a young team mate and I believe this is just the beginning.Ambition and belief for England to do well…Should go hand in hand with Nufc as well if we had an owner that thought the same way

  • barkel

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    I would be shocked if England don’t make the final. France will be the only proper test you guys have had .. except Belgium but you both put out B teams and losing that has really worked out for you. I can’t remember a team having such an easy route to the final

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    I like Tsunki’s humour but it requires an open mind to appreciate it.

    He had a speech impediment but I thought he was recently divorced. Evidently not.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    barkal, you can only play the team in front of you.

  • Rebecca

    Jul 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    From yesterday. Jail House Rock was number one in September 1957. It was listed on the birthday card I bought my Dad for his 60 th as other momentous happenings during the year.
    I have no axe to grind with you because you’re respectful towards women just like my Dad.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Wijnaldum is set to leave Liverpool?

    Now that’s a #10 player that would do well for us…

  • barkel

    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Oh I agree Micky, luck of the draw and all that. Was merely making a jealous observation!

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Croatia have looked very poor and don’t even deserve a No 20 ranking from FIFA, surely England can beat them , think we’ll get hammered by France in the final like but thats another matter.

    I hope Toon get an equally easy route to F.A Cup final this year, i.e. no games against premier league opposition or possibly even championship … can’t choose who you play but given the choice I would have picked Englands opponents all the way ))

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Would anyone take Wijnaldum back ?

    He is apparently being made available for transfer by Liverpool always wonder what might have been if when we had signed him Rafa was his manager from the very start !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Your not a woman. your a sad barsteward hiding behind yet another alias to have a pop at someone. Give it up, you’ve been rumbled.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Betsy…no sh|t Sherlock! Who would have thought that was right up your alley 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Damn this place just get better and better. It’s either occupied by pre-tend women, sad multiples or old people with too much time on their hands who think they are funny…

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26


    Croatia looked very poor??

    You must be a footballing genius.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #27

    jesper, not sure the ageism is appropriate.

    “old people with too much time on their hands”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #28

    What about Danish house husbands with a fixation on shite strikers?

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Yarmolenko now at Hammers confirmed allows Michail Antonio to go to Palace, Townsend to come here, Ritchie to Stoke and Shakiri to Liverpool.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Also Sarri nearly confirmed as Chelsea manager which should free things up there too.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s a shame imo that we can’t have both Ritchie and Townsend, I hope he gets to play here again if he goes before the end of the season to get a proper send off.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Would like to keep Ritchie.

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #33

    @ilovetoon8788 – Thanks but just an observation from Croatias last two games, didn’t really need to be a genius but I guess it helped.


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