More Indications Rafa Is Short Of Money – It’s Now Becoming Embarrassing

The Mail are reporting today that Newcastle have discussed a swap deal between Dwight Gayle and West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.

But that seems to make no sense other than Newcastle are not giving Rafa any upfront money to spend on transfers.

It looks like Rafa hasn’t got the £16.5M – Rondon’s release clause – to buy the striker outright and he has to do a swap deal to get his man.

But losing one striker to bring in another one seems a little ludicrous.

Rafa Benitez – cannot be impressed with the way Newcastle do business

And Newcastle have rejected a straight loan offer from the Baggies deal for Gayle.

This is now getting a little ridiculous that Rafa seems to have no money to spend and he is forced to try to sell players before he can buy the players he wants.

But with Newcastle going at a snail’s pace with both incoming and outgoing transfers that becomes extremely difficult for the manager.

We have only achieved one outgoing permanent deal – £10M for Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad,

Newcastle refused to sell Matz Sels to Anderlecht because the Belgian club were about £500K short of what Newcastle wanted for their goalkeeper, who has no future on Tyneside.

And Chancel Mbemba’s move to Porto has been in limbo for some weeks now with Newcastle wanting 1M more than Porto have offered.

The good news, however, is the Mail are reporting that Mbemba’s move for £5.5M to Porto and a potential £4M move for Sels to Strasburg could be completed this week.

We’ll have to wait and see if that happens – we hope it does.

It’s difficult for  Rafa to spend money from outgoing transfers when Newcastle hassle and delay the selling of players – not to mention players coming into the club.

This is turning out to be a bit of a disastrous window for Newcastle unless the Newcastle hierarchy wake up soon.

And Rafa Benitez cannot be too impressed with what’s been happening this summer.

Rather than Mike Ashley and company doing everything they can to keep Rafa at the club their incompetence and resistance to spending money will only drive him away.

And that would be disastrous for Newcastle United.

It’s difficult to believe the situation Newcastle are in at the moment.

But all’s well that ends well – so there’s still some hope.

Mike Ashley and company have hardly covered themselves in glory this summer.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Mbemba will be a bargain for that price. We should have kept Mbabu and solde Mbemba when we were in the championship.

  • crawfordm

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    This club is a laughing stock – with a billionare owner who has no money to spend ?? Benetiz will leave next year and who can blame him. Who will the fat slug bring in then. Why why why does this odious man cling on to this club – how much money does a man want. Without doubt the worst owner i have seen in my life time and i go back to the mid sixties.
    Unbelievable how people still defend this slug. Lets not forget the repulsive Charnley who is in a job way way way over his capabilities and is taking the piss out of a Benetiz – a world class manager who has shown utter class whilst dealing with these arseholes. I would love to bump into Charnley around SJP !!!!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley is such a child. Apparently we have no money but suddenly we can offer Rafa a 100M spend (albeit over 3 years.) Is it any wonder no one can believe a word this guy says. We have been tainted with truly appalling characters like Ashley and Pardew with seemingly little to no morals or ethics whatsoever.. SBR would be turning in his grave.

  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    By gum
    Hats off to Ed
    He certainly knows how to get bites
    Incorporate the buzz words
    “snails pace”
    “no money to spend”
    Nobody says anything new
    but they never get tired of saying it

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Attempting to buy players at low prices and not commiting to paying ever increasing and over the top transfer fees / wages / agents, is itself an admirable cause. However, has completely cut back on all costs, investments and negotiated commercial deals that devalue the club, whilst at the same time stripping anything of value for his personal wealth. And that is not even alledgedly.

    And now he is resorting to blackmail.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail…what I am suggesting and heard others questioning is the reluctance at this club to look at what’s in front of you…

    …it was an issue when we had Pardew and it was an issue when McClaren was here…it’s still an issue.

    Different managers values different players for different reasons but for the past 5 years of so it’s been the same when ever a valuable player (in terms of money transaction) isn’t being considered “the manager doesn’t trust him).

    The outcome is the same we lose out on a lot of money and the situation is we have nothing to spend. We have to create that money from the players we have. That’s the current challenge. It’s what we have to deal with.

    Then there’s all the other issues about the academy, Ashley faulty business plan which of course shouldn’t be forgotten…but we have to deal with what’s in front of us.

    You give great input for discussion on many fronts though I rarely agree with you, but personally I think that you just won’t look this in the eyes…

    I don’t care what the name of the manager is as long as them do good and are up to the challenge.

    I don’t really care who’s the own as long as the above ticks as well…

    Right now I am not really impressed by any of them…

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    # However, Ashley has…..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    By the way I am not looking for attention or the approval of the blog majority…

    It’s my opinion and mine to share! Deal with it or move on to the next discussion.

    Not directed at you Jail…does it’s directed at knows it!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    when i said the silent majority, i was pointing out that although on blogs like this it may seem 40-50 thousand people will walk out, in reality most fans will not go further than a bit of grumbling. blogs provide a platform for the miffed, the disgruntled, the extreme ragers, and bladey. i first started posting when i was fuming with pardew. before that i didnt feel passionately enough about anything to vent my anger. so even if 99% of people on here say they’ll picket SD, it doesnt mean it will happen. and i still think my idea to cancel the sky/ bt subscription is the way to hurt him (and our club). whatever they’re charging is money down the drain anyway.

  • NUFCadon

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s getting to the point where we as fans are going to have to do something about it. I know there has been groups not buying tops then some not buying season tickets but if we want our club back, I cant see any other way then to boycott all ways of him making money from Newcastle until he sells. We might have to go down a league or two but lets get our club back!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib…the repetition is what fuels the heated discussions Ed thrives on…

  • Mr Funky

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Hoping this week will see some more transfer movements both out and in!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14

    NUFCadon…I think the problem is nobody agrees on what to do..,

    …and those who really can make a difference – I think – won’t do what’s necessary!

    If this blog is a testament to how we all fell then we as a fan base are as devided as ever!

    Just my opinion…

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #15

    anyway, Ashley is keeping Ed in a job, and keeping us lot with a hobby. what would we talk about otherwise? (good riddance-gate? xanax?) hopefully next season we’ll get that rare find. a down-to-earth, no lying, football loving, non-greedy ethical billionaire (an oxymoron?) and then we can all say how much we love him/ her. best we can hope for is a greedy cnut who makes better decisions than ashley and has more business sense than Freddy.

  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    is it not a fact that 90%of folk on here don’t even live in the uk never mind go to games ( which is to be expected on a international forum ) of the other 10% how many actual go to games i think it’s between 10/15 posters max which in the scheme of things is very insignificant number when were talking of home gates of 50000 +

  • Bedford Geordie

    Jul 23, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t go to home games as often as I’d like to. I live 230 miles away fro SJP, not to mention my student income not allowing me to. I have every hope that by the time I’m financially able to buy myself my first NUFC season ticket, the club will be under new ownership, a firmly established EPL team year in-year out, but probably also owned by Arsenal/Man City/Man Utd type owner who charges sky high prices and will leave us all broke…. still a far, far better scenario than the fat man though

  • Bedford Geordie

    Jul 23, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Also, I met Gashley’s personal helicopter pilot recently who drinks in the pub I work at. I’m working on getting him to install an ejector seat in the chopper. It’ll need a fair bit of force though.

  • mfw13

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #19

    As much as we as supporters hate it, it makes zero sense from a business perspective for Ashley to invest more money into NUFC. Why?

    1) The squad is already good enough to avoid relegation
    2) Even if he invests more money into the squad, we have zero chance of breaking into the top six.
    3) The end-of-season bonus for table position is only a couple of million pounds per place.

    So if we move up to 8th, for example, NUFC earns only another 4-5 million pounds. Likewise if we drop down to 12th, we would lose another 4-5 million pounds. Either way, from a business perspective, neither possibility is worth investing another 20-30 million pounds into the squad.

  • Bedford Geordie

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Why invest? Because if you own a football club (whether you’re more of a businessman than a sports fan) you should want said club to succeed. Liverpool’s owners are billionaires just like Ashley, but spend £62m on a goalkeeper because they want their club to win trophies again. If Ashley wants to run NUFC and meddle in everything, he needs to have the clubs interest at heart and want to succeed also.

  • mfw13

    Jul 23, 2018 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Bedford Georgie

    But Ashley’s definition of success is very different from ours.

    For us, success is finishing as high up the table as possible and maybe winning a trophy.

    For Ashley success is making as much annual profit as possible and eventually selling the club at a profit.

    Not the same thing…..

  • Bedford Geordie

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #22


    Fair point made. I was merely pointing out that his actions are evidence that he needs to sell the club ASAP.

    He doesn’t deserve to have anything to do with our football club.


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