The Chronicle are reporting that Rafa Benitez is seething today that assurances that Newcastle will sign both a center-back and a left-back will likely not materialize.
It looks like we will get in center-back Frederico Fernandez on a permanent deal today and transfer fee has been agreed.
His is traveling to Newcastle and will have a medical – but we should be able to sign him today.
But attempts to get in a left-back have fallen flat on their face after Rafa tried to get 32-year-old Liverpool left-footed defender Ragnar Klavan signed today,
Rafa Benitez – seething today
Newcastle could not agree on a fee with the Reds – a common occurrence with Mike Ashley’s Newcastle.
le10sport are reporting that we are trying to sign Monaco’s left-back Jorge, but that’s got very little chance of happening – even if the report is accurate.
The Newcastle hierarchy knew we needed a left-back brought in to back up Paul Dummett because Jesus Gamez, Chancel Mbemba, and Sadio Haidara have all left the club – and all could play at left back.
When we lost Dummett last summer in the first game of the season the defense suffered – so it’s just more incompetence from Newcastle we are witnessing today.
And players Rafa wanted in were not allowed to be signed by the club because they told Rafa the players don’t fit club criteria.
Well, that’s one way to lose Rafa.
Rafa is not in control of who he signs which is a key requirement of his if he is to pen a long-term contract with Newcastle – which now seems rather remote.
The news is that Rafa is not a happy camper and he feels let down on several fronts this summer with the financial restrictions placed on him by Mike Ashley.
This is hardly a positive situation for the club to be in two days before the season starts – but Mike Ashley has brought this on himself.
What do you think?