With just over 9 hours to go in this window, Newcastle, as usual, are leaving things very late in this summer transfer window.
We are trying to sign 22-year-old Barcelona defender Marlon Santos on a season-long loan deal for a paltry €2M, but we don’t have a work permit for him yet.
The Mail is reporting that Marlon Santos is due for a work permit hearing today after Newcastle failed to get him one yesterday after initial inquiries.
This is basically incompetence coming from the Newcastle hierarchy.
But at least it seems Santos is willing to come to Newcastle after being frozen out at the Nou Camp.
Rafa Benitez – cannot be happy with what’s happening
This is the kind of thing that happens when you leave things to the last minutes, and if at least two good players are not brought in today before 5:00pm – then Rafa will be fuming.
And rightly so.
It’s been a very poor transfer window for Rafa who cannot understand why Mike Ashley has basically refused to spend any of the club’s money.
Newcastle are making a £26M profit so far, and the club will not spend anything at all – in net terms – this summer.
Rafa is hopping at the very least for a left back and center-back to be brought in – so the best of luck on that.
We hope we can get two or three players in today but time is running out.