After the game last night Rafa was again asked about two big topics regarding Newcastle United.
The first is whether a takeover of the club is close to being completed – perhaps even this month.
Mike Ashley reported Monday night in a rare Sky Sports interview that he was in advanced talks with a potential buyer of the club.
Since then the Chronicle and others have reported there are four buyers looking at acquiring the club.
One in advanced negotiations is presumably the one led by Peter Kenyon who seems to have secured financing from the Rockefeller Capital Group.
The second question is whether we have already agreed a deal for 24-year-old Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron with the Paraguayan International said to be keen to join Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
A smiling and confident looking Rafa Benitez
Here’s what Rafa said about the takeover, making sure he gave nothing away:
“No, I told you two days ago.” “And today is the same – it is business as usual.”
“I don’t see any difference for us against Wolves or the next games.”
“If I don’t know – I don’t think so.”
Rafa is very keen to keep his players on track, and we need some wins before the end of the year which will only help Newcastle being sold.
And then the news from the US yesterday was that Almiron’s transfer to Newcastle United could have already been agreed in principle.
This is what Rafa said when asked about the talented Paraguayan International:
“Say again?” “Which one? I can’t hear you properly.” (yes he was smiling)
“You know I don’t like to talk about players.”
“Not now. Now is the time to enjoy a performance like this from this group of players.”
Rafa was naturally delighted with a gutsy and brave performance last night in the 1-1 draw at Everton – the lads were excellent.
If Newcastle can get the two deals over the line (the takeover and the Almiron transfer) – the fans could well be in football heaven.
Let’s all hope it all happens and please – as soon as possible.
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