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Rafa Will Get Some Big Money From Selling Players This Summer

The Mail are reporting today that West Ham want to sign Jonjo Shelvey in the summer for £20M, and that would be £8M more than we paid for the player from Swansea just over three years ago.

Rafa last week said that Jonjo was 5th choice in central midfield at the moment but mainly because he hasn’t played many games for a while since picking up the thigh injury late last year.

But Rafa has made it clear Jonjo will have a fight on his hands to get back in the side.

The 27-year-old is available now and played for the U23 team at Fulham on Friday night to get some match practice.

And maybe he will get a chance soon with Sean Longstaff having probably damaged his knee ligaments in yesterdays’ disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham.

Hammers manager Mauricio Pellegrini wanted to sign Shelvey in January but he wasn’t available, but Rafa may be more willing to let Jonjo go if he gets a decent price for him.

With Sean Longstaff coming quickly through the ranks and looking a top player already, Jonjo could be pushed to play a lot of games next season.

Ki is also pushing for a central midfield position as is Mo Diame, who have both just returned from injury.

When Rafa was asked if Jonjo would be staying at the club he said this:

 “I think so. He is under contract.”

Jonjo in June will still have two years left on the five and a half contract he signed in January 2016, and he is also said to be Newcastle’s top wage earner at about £70K/week.

If the Hammers come in with a bid north of £20M Newcastle may be tempted to sell.

But Rafa is also likely to have to sell another central midfielder – Isaac Hayden – because of family reasons and we should be able to get at least £10M for him.

Given Rafa also wants to unload fringe players like Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar, Joselu, Jamie Sterry, Jacob Murphy, and perhaps Ciaran Clark – the manager could bring in more than £45M this summer from outgoing transfers.

Rafa is said to want to bring five new players in this summer and it looks like one of them will not be the Brazilian winger Kenedy who has had a disappointing season on loan this time around.

Rafa will also want financial help from the owner as one condition to stay on board at Newcastle.

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28 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 3, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m not Shelveys biggest fan but I would be reluctant to sell himesoecially when £20m is nothing nowadays in football. It is an average fee now.

    Forget that, should not even be in a position where we have to sell to buy.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 3, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    * him especially

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Watching Fulham vs Chelsea, I would take Sessegnon, Cairney and Schurle from them. They would improve our squad greatly.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    As I’ve just said, we don’t want him to spend his own money. Even if overheads come to £80m a season, that still leaves a fair chunk out of the Sky money, ticket sales and advertising etc.
    So if he raises £40m from player sales, plus even as low as £50m from what’s left, he can buy some decent players for that. The rest can go towards the training facilities.
    That would mean Ashley not spending a penny from his own billions. (At what point will he realise that even if he tried, he cannot spend all his money before the Grip Reaper taps on his shoulder).
    Give Rafa what he deserves and he’ll stay. Despite your greed, he’s still managed to keep us up twice. Give him the money that belongs to NUFC and nothing more. That will keep him here for a decade and he will win us trophies. It’s what he does when he’s backed. This is not rocket science Ashley, even you must know this? Let the club pay for itself or let somebody who will, buy the club.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    With joselu laazar aarons being about worthless if we could have sold them by now we would have

    Just let them go for free

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    I think people were too quick to write Shelvey off. He hasn’t been off form, he’s been injured. Before that, he was our beat player.
    Yes, Longstaff has been a revelation, but he’s a young lad with a lot still to learn. In fairness, Hayden had a poor game yesterday and Diame was coming back from a long layoff.
    It’s unlikely Longstaff will play on Saturday. Ki or Jonjo will be fighting for a place. Jonjo’s willingness to get 60 minutes for the U23’s the other night was mighty impressive for the top earner at the club. If I see Jonjo on the team sheet next week, I for one, will not be disappointed. In fact, I look forward to seeing Miggy make those runs and have a player more than capable of picking them out. God knows how many he tried yesterday to no avail.
    When he came on for that cameo against Blackburn at home, his pass set Perez up for the penalty.
    I won’t be disappointed to see Ki either, but I do want to see what Jonjo can make of Miggy.

  • geordietom

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    take over talk….

    Luke Edwards
    I wouldn’t worry too much about claims Ashley has taken #nufc off the market. Would still sell if someone meets asking price. Think this is more a nothing is happening at the moment update. Like all of you, I’m bored of takeover talk, but I’ve not entirely given up hope

    11:10 AM – Mar 3, 2019

  • geordietom

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    The Sunday Times report this morning that Mike Ashley has ‘taken Newcastle United off the market’ – not exactly the biggest surprise given his efforts to sell it have proved an expensive and pointless exercise for everyone with an interest in the club.

    ‘It doesn’t change anything really: NUFC could still be sold if Ashley gets someone willing to pay his price (of just under £300m when the club’s in relegation trouble, £350m if the club’s safe in the close season), he just isn’t “actively seeking” a buyer (if he ever really was). Peter Kenyon and Amanda Staveley may say they want the club but they didn’t have the funds to buy it – and in Kenyon’s case I’m not sure he would have been any better than Ashley, given how difficult he found it to raise funds.

    ‘But it might be significant. It’s our information that Ashley will issue a statement or give an interview to outline what comes next for the club if he feels he’s going to be here for the medium-term. Not before time: transparency and accountability have been strangers at NUFC and that’s unacceptable.

    ‘And it also means there can’t be the excuse of ‘He’s trying to sell up, why would he allow a spend?’ in the upcoming transfer window and beyond.

    ‘Fans will feel fed up and cynical but will hardly be surprised. The club simply has to change the narrative in the next few weeks – and securing Rafa Benitez’s future is the only way.’

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Beer monkey, release their shackles. Let them soar like an Eagle. (Or do the humane thing and put them down) 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley would surely have come out and made a statement of some description if the club had been taken off the market. After his bullish claims that the takeover was well on track and that very soon he would be able to step aside and allow the club to be taken forward under new ownership, surely he wouldn’t just ignore the fans and leave us guessing.
    Whilst I’m at it, Online Guy promised to give us a detailed explanation of why the deal didn’t go through before the press announced anything if in fact the sale had fallen through so I suppose we at least have that to look forward to.

  • Dave

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Good to read Bobby’s regular contribution but am I the only one who wouldn’t miss the useful idiot Jail for Ashley.
    He’s not improved writing today just as he did 5 year ago.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Put them down?

  • toon22

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #13

    In the past the only person to benefit from player sales has been MA

  • toonluvva

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14

    No matter who or how many players we sell in the summer, our belovent owner will simply pocket the cash to buy a High Street store.

    Ashley will asset strip our club until there is nothing left but an empty husk playing non-league football.

    If Rafa has any sense he should walk out as soon as his contract is up. I’ve been a Toon fan since the 60’s but I think the writings on the wall for our club.

    It says “Bankruptcy sale.”

  • toon22

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #15

    I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for something from OLG

  • toonluvva

    Mar 3, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #16

    *belovent, should be benevolent, or perhaps malevonent!

  • toon22

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re a non entity of a club till MA leaves
    He’s not interested in us a club
    We’re his profitable advert

  • Toonces

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Personally think the club had to be truly on the market in order to be taken off it. And it never was in any serious way.

    That said, the club is always on the market in the sense that if someone offers Ashley his outlandish, yet unknown to anyone but him, magic price then he will sell. But he isn’t looking to offload this cash cow for anything less, and he wasn’t going to offload it for less before.

    This for sale not for sale was just to manipulate fans and media to get his name, SD’s and the club in the headlines.

  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #19

    All credit to Ashley for being honest and taking the club off the market. He has never intended to sell it. Some of us can look forward to another 30 years of Ashley ownership.
    Good money for player sales will go straight into his pocket.

  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa would be nuts to stay here.

  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    How about their CF? He any good? 😉

    On Shelvey, 20 mil? Definitely. He just hasn’t had the expected impact. He won’t ever dominate a MF, I think. He was to bring us to the next level, has that happened?

  • toon22

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    You think Rafa has any interest in being mugged off for another 3years ?

  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Three reasons he bought Miggy.
    1. To buy off the fans revolt. We are easily bought.
    2. To ensure survival.
    3. To sell on for a profit.
    A brilliant bit of business by Ashley. He has shut the fans up for another year.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Wow some of you truly are over-invested in your own egos ha ha getting all flustered about toon22’s repetition and shill-baiting 🙂 yeah he’s been a bit of a found block swinging round on a chain to swat a fly but to my knowledge has never actually insulted anyone horribly or caused any controversy. He should only irritate those he’s been targeting, if they exist. It’s a bit like you’re objecting to the content of someone’s overheard conversation – if it’s not for you, move away!

    And as for there bring no PR – give over! When the ITKs started banging their drums there were no end of sheep falling over each other to get to the slaughterhouse first. There’s only rumours of anything, not one proven fact about any sale process starting or stopping, just PR rubbish all gulped down by the gullible and wishful. And there were plenty of insults dished out, pretty horrible ones too, to the ones who greeted all of this with caution and suspicion. Quite a few are still posting shamelessly now like they never really dropped their drawers over it.

    No bother entertaining toon22 from here. At least he’s trying to activate something among a lethargic populace. Go frog! 😀

  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #25

    No I do not but I think the manager is gullible. Whatever he gets from Ashley he needs in writing.
    Selling off the land behind the Gallowgate for student flats instead of expanding the ground is the final proof that the owner intends to asset strip the club.
    Another 30 years of Ashley. Enjoy.

  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ll be honest. If he (whoever ‘he’ is) buys two three 20 million game changers in the summer, I’ll be thrilled, if the football will improve.

    We can’t keep saying, ‘ah you did it for the future profit’ or to quieten the fans. Then ‘he’ll’ never buy. He’ll say, I just can’t win.

  • Mag52

    Mar 3, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    I go along with a few of the remarks made about the disappointing performance yesterday.
    I thought Rafa missed a trick not to give a run out to some of the players who had been sitting out games recently. We looked off the pace compared to the Hammers who played five fresh faces from their mid week match.
    It’s all very well not wanting to change a winning team, but three games in a week at this time of the year is possibly the wrong call for certain players.
    Longstaff and Hayden maybe should have been rested, Ritchie gets through a huge amount of work as does Rondon who could also have sat that one out.
    It was a game against a team not far outside the top six who were clearly going to be very much up for it with the opening of the stand by a hero and the presence of former players all over the place.

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 3, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Shelvey is the first to go for £20M. I think it should be at least £30M, And now the rumours of the club being off the market are rumbling on again ( until next year ) More crap about Rafa will get big money from sales of players. YEAH RIGHT ! He was supposed to get every penny generated from the club ( Fat Lad’s words ) He got nowt !
    You need to give Rafa some serious money to spend on whoever he wants and needs.
    No more false promises or penny pinching tactics to get cheaper wannabe players. Let Rafa get on with the job in hand and stop keep knocking everyone down ANUALLY with all of your bullshit promises.


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