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Benitez Doubts Can Cause Problems In Summer Transfer Window

The Chronicle have reported that Spanish club Sevilla are expected to bid for 27-year-old Newcastle central defender Florian Lejeune.

One of the consequences of the Newcastle hierarchy being so slow to sign up Rafa to a new deal and meet his demands is that clubs will try to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Rafa’s future and try to sign some of our top players.

It could also work the other way with targets maybe hesitating about signing on at Newcastle unless and until Rafa signs a new deal to stay on Tyneside long term.

Florian Lejeune was injured in the first half of the first game of the season against Spurs after impressing in the preseason games and missed several months of action.

Florian Lejeune – excellent first season – in action against Chelsea

But he came back into the side early this year and was outstanding at the back alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles.

They looked a formidable partnership at the back for Newcastle.

We’d be very surprised if Newcastle entertain any attempts to sign Lejeune who is on a five year deal on Tyneside and will only get better with more Premier League experience.

Newcastle signed Lejeune from Eibar for £8.8M last summer, and according to the Chronicle report, Sevilla will bid  £13M for the Frenchman, which is below what Newcastle value the player at.

Newcastle don’t want to sell, and it would need to be silly money for the Magpies to allow Lejeune to leave the club.

But there’s always the possibility that if a decent bid comes in for Lejeune and it gives Newcastle a decent profit over a short 12 months then owner Mike Ashley could sell.

Ashley still seems to be more worried about hoarding money than what the strength of the team is on the pitch at Newcastle.

That could be a major problem with Rafa Benitez who wants to build a top team on Tyneside and that means keeping your best players – like Florian Lejeune.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 9, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Munster, I think he’ll give Rafa what the club has generated, after running costs, in order to buy players in cash. If it’s there, he’ll get it. If it isn’t, he won’t. Money in, money out. I see little evidence to the contrary. I won’t be happy with Ashley until he pays for his advertising, but so long as he keeps Rafa on board I’m okay with him. In the past I haven’t been, but Rafa changes everything.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone estimate the value of the Sports Direct advertising in and around the ground ? Use that lost revenue to offset the cost of the loan Ashley has purported to have made to the club. To the untrained eye not paying for advertising to a business while lending it money at no or low interest rates seems to be creative accounting. Who benefits from that scenario I wonder ?

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3


    Why bother hiding, why not use the name Jib, the one you normally post under? There’s no need for me to provide evidence as you expose yourself by applying the same linguistic style and coarse language when you’re position’s compromised.

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4


    Who benefits? SD, obviously and Ashley by virtue of SD’s profits and tax breaks on his loans.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    You’re a real nervous nelly aren’t you lesh? Just cross your legs and try to stop pissing your pants for the duration of the window and see what transpires.

    Or perhaps take your cue from Rafa. He seems quite relaxed..

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    You’re certainly not hiding anything. Absolute effin girl’s blouse.


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