There was a report in the Sun on Sunday that we reported on earlier today that suggested owner Mike Ashley will only release transfer funds to Rafa if he signs his new contract,
That seems to be a little bit unbelievable but with Ashley involved we suppose anything is possible but that’s not the way to treat an experienced and respected football manager like Rafa Benitez.
We doubt the story has much truth to it – although we’ve been wrong before.
The Chronicle is reporting Rafa had a meeting with Lee Charnley on Wednesday and there was at least one more meeting with Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson and Newcastle officials at the meeting in London to finalize our top transfer targets – and hopefully to go after them.
Rafa Benitez – sign that target now!
With Ki Sung-yueng coming in as a free agent on Thursday that’s given some momentum to Newcastle’s transfer business, and we hope further signings will be soon.
There are reports we are talking to Palace about Andros Townsend and also talking to Chelsea about Robert Kenedy, so there seems to be a lot of action happening now that Rafa has returned to the club.
Rafa has both drive and ambition, and he will now be in constant contact with Lee Charnley about where things stand with each transfer target.
Rafa knows he cannot have another poor transfer window this summer as we did last year – and he will want to finish above 10th place this season.
Preseason training starts tomorrow, so we hope to hear directly from the manager then.