The transfer window still has 20 days to go, and on the positive side of things, if Rafa can get three good players in by August 9th, it could yet turn out to be a decent transfer window for us.
But Rafa has had to struggle once again to get owner Mike Ashley to spend the club’s money.
And now it’s looking like Rafa will just stay one more year before he joins a much more ambitious club – and there are plenty of them around.
But Newcastle is not one of them.
We are left trying to get players who cannot get first-team football at other clubs.
The Mail has briefly reported that Benitez is looking to get a possible loan deal to bring Everton’s Nikola Vlasic to Tyneside.
The 20-year-old Croatian International joined Everton last summer for £10M from Hajduk Split.
Vlasic played 12 times with no goals in the Premier League last season and 19 times in total with 2 goals and one assist.
But Everton had a tumultuous season with Ronald Koeman being fired early in the season and big Sam Allardyce taking over.
Vlasic is still very young, and if he comes to Newcastle, he could play in the number 10 role.
But Rafa would need to get an option to buy him in the loan contract.
He has skills for sure, and maybe Rafa can get the best out of him at Newcastle.
But we must have an option to buy him for around £10M (or less) next summer in the case that he plays well for us.
What do you think?