Benitez Seems Remarkably Cool About Difficult Transfer Situation

Rafa Benitez was interviewed yesterday by the press as part of media day, and he was asked about the transfer situation.

Rafa has managed to bring in a free agent (Sung-yueng), a loan player (Kenedy) and a top-class goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for just £4M.

We have sold Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad for £10M.

So when you look at the situation, it doesn’t look like we have much money to spend at all, with just over three weeks to go until the window closes.

Rafa Benitez in training at Carton House

The reported £40M or £50M plus money from any transfers seems far too optimistic an estimate given what’s happened.

Mitrovic could soon leave for around £20M, and Mbemba could be transferred for about £7M, so we do have some transfer money coming into the club.

But at the moment there’s not much going out, and that’s the problem.

Here’s what Rafa has said:

“It’s not necessary to say anything. As soon as the price goes a little high I know we can’t buy them.”

“We have to be realistic, maybe sell some players and buy some players. It’s normal for us to think we have to be like that.”

“The point for us is we have to adapt.” “That is the situation. Are we happy with that?”

“Obviously not 100% but we try to do our best to be strong enough and we can compete.”

There’s news today that we could be bringing in Salomon Rondon on loan with an option to buy next summer.

The loan fee is around £4M with another £15M to make the move permanent next summer – if we take up the option.

That again points to Newcastle being short of cash.

But Rafa seems to think he can manage around it – and a big win this summer was to get Kenedy on loan.

We shouldn’t have to rely on this, but Rafa is so good that if he can get two or three more top players in before August 9th, we could have a better team and do a lot better than last season.

Even with the finance restrictions, Rafa is making Newcastle into a better team by his experience, coaching, and know-how.

But think what Rafa could do if he got some financial help from the club’s hierarchy so he could bring much better players into the club – quickly.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Cool? Resigned to the fact that he has nothing to spend and willing to run down his contract and keep us up one more time for the fans.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa: “The fans need to understand these players here are giving everything, so we have to support them. We cannot say ‘oh, he is not good enough’ because, sometimes, you cannot sign the players you want but the players that are good for you and the squad.” #NUFC

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    c-dog just a word of advice. Qualify what you say, so instead of “There will be another relagation (sic) in the next 5 years” say “unless something changes there will be another relagation (sic) in the next 5 years”

    It will make you sound less of a rabid loon and encourage people to converse with you.

  • Mag52

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Why – after a season back in the premiership – are we so short of money to strengthen the team ?????
    Is it that Ashley is holding on to it to pay off his ‘loan’ to the club, is it that Ashley is not confident that Rafa will not overpay for new players, is it being siphoned off into Ashley’s other businesses ( purchase of more Debenhams shares) ?
    We should be told.

  • Mag :P

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    No money, what a surprise.

    And to think that we were going to kick on from last season.

    I doubt it’s going to be as easy to finish in the top 10 as it was in the previous season.

    I agree, I believe he’s going to do his last year here for the fans and then move on and who could blame him?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Keep seeing this being posted on twitter

    Petition for the fa to look at Mike Ashley’s running of the club. Not sure what it can actually do or achieve but have a look and I guess there Is no harm in signing.

  • Corv

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    In this age of crazy TV money we still haven’t broken our transfer record with Ashley as owner for the last 11 years. Doesn’t that record speak volumes? As long as supporter’s continue to fill St.James Park nothing will change. The fat parasite is laughing all of the way to the bank.

    I remember boycotting games when the Magpie Group were pushing for change 30 years ago. We need someone like SJH to push for change and remove the fat parasite that is destroying our club!

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    More being reported by BBC Newcastle (see The Mag)

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Rolando aarons

    If it is the same petition i saw, it was very badly written and not specific enough. Therefore i would expect the reaction the FA would give be to laugh.

  • c-dog

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    @roblen, I think the majority on here understand the severity of the situation. Your justification for any of your comments is to post about 10 times more than anyone on here(excluding jib). I understand you are well in favour of the Ashley regime but you must realise your view of what this club should be is well in the minority when it comes to what real fans want. You are 100% not a real fan.

  • magpie_in_ohio

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa is a person very comfortable in his own skin. I believe he’s committed to the club and desperately wants to be the manager that brings NUFC back. I also believe he LOVES the Toon Army. That said, I think he’s lost all patience and hope with Ashley. He sounds like someone resigned to giving 100% during the season and leaving for a better situation when his contract expires. It’s a shame as this could/should be a lasting relationship in which all parties prosper.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12


    That’s very harsh on Robleenio, the lad is a source of good positivity and realism… Personally what I would call a real fan.

    Could you quantify for me what a real fans is:

    Someone who is constantly toxic and can’t see the woods for the trees perhaps?

  • Bryan

    Jul 17, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    I totally agree.
    My question is, wheres the money gone? We are getting £40-£50m from the Premier League within days plus the sale of Marino, thats £60m but still we have to sell before we buy. My god are we back in the 70’s.
    Look at Fulham, look at Wolves this is their first year in the P.L. and they are showing ambition and spending money we can only dream about, why’s that? and that takes me back to my original question, where’s the money gone?
    Rafa will be gone this time next year and rightly so.

  • Jib

    Jul 17, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Couple of thoughts
    I’ve seen a few journos at a few different clubs
    doing interviews and none of them ask “searching
    questions – demanding answers”
    It’s PL footy not Paxman hounding an MP
    In the past Jon Gibson , Mick Lowes et al
    never asked probing questions.
    In fact Gibbo was always regarded as somewhat
    of an NUFC yes-man.


    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Sure he is comfortable, just adding up all the times fatty says no to any transfer cash. End of season he will tell the miserable bastard just what he thinks of him & slam thr door as he leaves closely followed by any decent players who have any self respect. 11 years I have had total hatred for this lying snake in the grass & its getting more intense every day

  • neverbeento wembly

    Jul 18, 2018 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Ashley is going to wring his last drop of blood out of Rafa for as little cash as possible before Rafa walks. Fat greedy slug.


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