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Rafa Unable To Sign This Player- Shows Ashley Still In Control Of Transfers

Newcastle United balked and balked at signing 29-year-old Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion this summer, and he could have been signed for £16.5M via his release clause.

That relegation release clause ran out at the end of last month, and now the news is that West Brom want £25M for him.

Best of luck with that when nobody other than Newcastle were interested in him at £16.5M.

But it looks like there were a few reasons Rafa was not able to get the Venezuelan International to the club.

Rafa Benitez – during a training session

Mike Ashley still wants to sign players who are around 26-years-old or younger and didn’t want to pay £16.5M for a player who would have little sell-on value.

This shows that Rafa is still not entirely in control of the players he wants to bring to the club.

The second reason is that Rondon has a contract that runs out next summer and we could either get him for a reduced fee in January or else get him in as a free agent next summer.

Rafa was even forced into trying to do a swap deal with Dwight Gayle – a player he didn’t really want to lose this summer – to reduce Newcastle’s outlay.

But Dwight stood his ground and refused to move to West Brom because they couldn’t agree on wages.

Rafa could still try to get the player on loan this season, but West Brom will not want to lose him for nothing next summer and may extend his contract before he ventures out on loan.

We don’t know what’s going to happen in the last six days of this transfer window, but what it’s shown is Mike Ashley – by not backing Rafa with money for the fourth transfer window running – is literally driving the manager out of the club.

If nothing changes with Mike Ashley’s running of the club, this could be Rafa’s final season at Newcastle.

The only reason he would ever want to stay is because of the terrific support he gets from the Newcastle United fans.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • SwissSte

    Aug 4, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    About goalkeepers:

    It’s slightly worrying is that Freddie Woodman only has two years to go on his contract, gets regular playing time for England u21, won the u20 World Cup, is from London and will potentially move back there when his contracts up if he’s still nowhere near the first team squad. Even less likely to stick around after Rafa leaves. Isn’t he about to go on loan to Charlton this season?

    Btw, £20 for a ticket to a friendly is a total rip off. Should never be above £10!

  • Dave76

    Aug 4, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2


    Get him to follow the toon. He will be around long after MA is gone. That’s what i told myself about my lad. Make sure he knows its his club and not any owners and tell him to hope we get a good one after MA

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    If we go into this season without buying a n out and out striker then that is just a piss take seen as its what we should have got in first…. Will be a long season unless some miracles happen before the window closes

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 4, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Allardyce stated a few months ago on TalkSport that he appreciated Ashley explaining that he only fired him to appease the fans and that it was a mistake.
    We now have Sycophantic Sam singing Ashley’s praises and big Mike making it clear that his main objective is to spend as little as possible and avoid relegation.
    Which manager may I ask specialises in avoiding relegation under the most difficult circumstances.

    Allardyce is a mercenary, money driven , arrogant man with a skin like a rhinoceros, and not interested or affected by anyone else’s views on him. Some might say the perfect match.

  • giimps

    Aug 4, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Narcissism has no friends

  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    God forbid that Allardyce ever got near Newcastle again yet alone NUFC. That would require Benton to become a peace camp making Greenham Common seem like a Sunday school picnic.
    We’d even have to hold hands around the perimeter of SJP singing ” we shall overcome ” .
    Now there’s an idea.

  • c-dog

    Aug 4, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Why did Ashley sack Big Sam? Ashley wants us to achieve mid table mediocrity so he can collect his pay cheque at the end of every year and no manager guarantees that like Big Sam.

    One problem. Ashley also wants to make millions via the buying of players from cheap markets and selling them at massively inflated prices. But Big Sam only works with experience.

    Sacked as can’t deliver all the money Ashley desires.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 4, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    So fed up of Rondon. NEXT!!!!


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