With the transfers out that Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley have been able to do so far this summer Rafa has an extra £13M (our estimate) to spend on top of the rumored £70M, he has been given by Mike Ashley up front.
Daryl Murphy has gone to Nottingham Forest for £2M and 17-year-old Lewis Gibson is about to sign for Everton after Rafa accepted their bid – and that would add another £6M to the money Rafa has available.
And with the Chronicle reporting that Aleksandar Mitrovic is up for sale and Newcastle are wanting around £16M for him – there’s still more money to come in for Rafa to spend this summer.
Rafa Benitez can generate more funds with outgoing transfers
Other players who could bring some transfer funds into the club include Manu Riviere, Achraf Lazaar, and Henri Saivet.
While we got off to a really slow start early in the summer things seem to be picking up and it’s still possible for Rafa to bring in say eight good first team players this summer – we so far have brought in half that number.
It seems the next incoming transfers could be for a striker and hopefully a playmaker.
This is what Rafa said when asked in the Chronicle today about bringing in a striker:
“We are trying to change some players.”
“We have to wait to see the right offers and then after we will see if we can add some players.”
“I think we need some more players.” “I wouldn’t say how many, but it also depends on the market.”
“Mike convinced me he would give us the last penny of the money available.”
“We are not asking for more, we are asking for the money we can use.” “We can generate some more money.
“Hopefully we can do that.”
We like the way Rafa keeps dropping hints about what Mike Ashley promised him at their meeting on Tuesday, May 9th and all Rafa is asking for is that the owner keeps his word.
We think Mike will do exactly that but some fans simply don’t trust the owner – with good reason we should add.
Here is the current state of things of players coming in and moving out and we have moved nine players out permanently this summer and once young Gibson moves out we have a net spend of only £10.5M.
|Javier Manquillo||£4.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Mikel Merino||Loan - season||Borussia Dortmund|
|Transfer Fees In||£34.5M|
|Vurnon Anita||Released||Aston Villa|
|Haris Vuckic||Released||FC Twente|
|Lubo Satka||Released||FC DAC 1904 |
|Kevin Mbabu||£1.0M||Young Boys|
|Matz Sels||Loan - season||Anderlecht|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Bolton|
|Lewis Gibson||£1.0M initially||Everton|
|Daryl Murphy||£2.0M||Nottingham Forest|
|Ivan Toney||Loan - season||Wigan Athletic|
|Siem de Jong||£4.0M||Ajax|
|Grant Hanley||£3.5M||Norwich City|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Brighton|
|Achraf Lazaar||Loan - season||Benevento|
|Transfer Fees Out||£22.5M|