It seems that at the end of the season Rafa was told that Newcastle were short of money for transfers in the summer.
Why we are short of money is a mystery to us but that’s another matter.
Once the season ended Rafa knew loan deals would be important and was on the phone to a number of European clubs including PSG, Inter-Milan, Chelsea, and Roma to see which players could be available for a season-long loan.
But that preparatory work that Rafa did has resulted in not one loan deal from the continent being completed.
Every transfer window seems to show how difficult it is for Newcastle to bring in new players to the club – either permanently or on loan.
We cannot sell our players very quickly either.
Rafa Benitez on the phone in his Benton office – is it good news – is it a Messi loan?
However, Rafa did a lot of work earlier this summer and he was able to get Robert Kenedy in for the season on loan from Chelsea, and that was a big win for Rafa and for the club.
Rafa talked recently in the Chronicle and was asked if he had to sell before he can buy this summer:
“It seems it is more or less like that.”
“To manage the players who have value in the market and see if we can find some players at the right price.”
“It is not ideal but we will try to manage the best way possible.”
“I was expecting maybe something different but we will manage what is going on and try to be sure that we bring the best players possible with the conditions we have, and try to improve the squad.”
“I hope I can still strengthen the squad. I have been trying hard for two months to be sure we have players to bring on loan.”
One thing we seem unable to do is to move quickly for players and we regularly seem to get into a stalemate with negotiations for a player either coming pot going.
Like for example what is going on with Chancel Mbemba’s proposed move to Porto and with Matt Ritchie’s possible move to Stoke City.
And we couldn’t even pay £2M more than we bid for top striker target Alassane Plea, who recently joined Borussia Monchengladbach for £22M after we had bid £20M for the French striker.
Raf has said many times before that the way Newcastle do transfers has to change and we have to go in early for players and do the business quickly if we are to get our targets.
That has not yet been learned by Newcastle’s hierarchy (code name for Mike Ashley) and time is beginning to run out.
If things don’t change rather quickly then Rafa is likely to leave the club next summer when his contract runs out.
And who can blame him?