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.