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After New Talks With Lee Charnley – Rafa Is Still Ambitious And All Business

It’s two weeks tomorrow when the players will report back for preseason training and by then Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will be hoping the club have secured at least a couple of signings.

The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa had new talks last week with Managing Director Lee Charnley, and the former Liverpool and Valencia manager is all business and wants to make progress in the transfer window.

Benitez still has a good working relationship with Charnley and is in daily contact with him as they try to bring new players into the club and sell some players Rafa no longer needs at the club.

The general consensus in the local press is that Rafa has between £40M and £50M from Ashley to spend this summer – plus what he can get by selling players such as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Matz Sels, Jack Colback, Henri Saivet and maybe Dwight Gayle.

Rafa Benitez – wants to see progress in the transfer window

We are supposed to be close to completing a deal to take Chancel Mbemba to Porto, but no fee has been agreed yet, with Newcastle wanting £8M.

It’s going to be another tricky balancing act for Rafa Benitez this summer, but he is not the type of person who sits back and complains about his plight.

Not many people are successful if they do that.

The Chronicle is reporting Rafa is still ambitious for Newcastle and will do his very best this summer given the constraints placed on him financially.

If we can get four or five good players into the club this summer – players Rafa wants – and transfer some of the players he doesn’t need – we could still have a much-improved team for next season.

That’s what Rafa is hoping for, and it looks like he will be very busy in these two weeks before the players report back for preseason training.

We need to see some real progress in the transfer window.

If anybody can be successful this summer, it’s the very impressive Rafa Benitez.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    The most important signing this summer is Rafa the Gaffa!!!

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Still think Rafa should be considering Mokele Mbembe. A legend in the Congo!

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    The only way I see rafa signing is if he gets the squad he wants. Otherwise it’s adios next summer and needs to book the next flight to mars.

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy has returned to pre-season training three weeks early to build on his good performances last season.’ (Newcastle Chronicle)

    Kudos to the fellow.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5


    Couldn’t agree more mate

  • beermonkey

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    hopefully see a lot more of Murphy this year’ had some good patches this year
    I also bet he is not the only one

  • hibbit

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Tosun A. Wobbler how do you know he’s not ????

  • AncientC

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    I bet carl (with a little ‘c’) had high hopes for today—things didn’t turn out quite as he expected—that’ll teach him to take the proverbial. Must say, *looking forward to Tory Glastonbury* this year lol.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Hibbit…not sure, he’s a bit elusive.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    The players I’d sign for the 4 positions and 6 for cover (based on potentially available players)…

    Rb – Juanfran ( I think he’s out if contract) or
    Lorenzo De Silvestri.
    No.10 –  Zlatko Junuzovic or Oguzhan Ozyakup
    Lw – kenedy or Amin Younes or Quincy promes
    Striker – carrol (should be cheaper plus get in another quick striker – good options)

    Competion for first xi or step into it

    Am – Dani Garcia or Sisto (looked quality)
    Lb – Ivan Marcano/Luke Shaw (loan)
    Cb – Kasim Nuhu
    Dm – Thiago Mai
    Striker- Nicolas Fullkrug
    Another keeper as rafa looks to be after one.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 17, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Kramaric or Mark Uth I’d look at too.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 17, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Of course be is all business as he has a year left on him contract and doing his job, and very well IMHO…

    Rafa also has to sell before he can buy, and there is no money from Ashley, who outwardly says he want to sell, but really sees the Toon as his cash cow……..Get out of our club Fat Cuckoo.


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