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.