There’s a report in the Mirror today about what Mike Ashley is willing to offer Rafa Benitez to have the manager stay long-term at Newcastle.
As we all know Rafa’s three-year deal ends in the summer and he could still walk away to pastures new at that time.
The report is that if Rafa will sign a new deal the owner is willing to bring in another Miguel Almiron type signing this summer.
Ashley, late in the January transfer window, finally agreed to the signing of Miguel Almiron after Rafa had been after the MLS player for 18 months.
Almiron arrived at the club on January 31st, and he has been an instant success.
Rafa Benitez – will get transfer money this summer
Ashley is reported to agree with Rafa that the Newcastle squad needs to be strengthened this summer with Rafa wanting five new players brought in.
If Rafa signs a new deal, he doesn’t want to be fighting relegation for the third season running.
It’s hardly surprising that clubs in Europe are interested in the Benitez situation and he could already have had some offers from abroad.
An inside source at Newcastle has told the Mirror that Ashley is willing to give Rafa some transfer funds to spend this summer:
“Mike is prepared to break the club’s transfer record again if Rafa is prepared to commit his own future to Newcastle.”
“He feels that regarding the manager’s contract the ball is now in Rafa’s court. Despite Mike actively looking to sell he has still funded the move for Miguel Almiron.”
“And with it looking increasingly likely that there will be no progress in that direction he is prepared to back Rafa again for new players.
“But that is dependent on Rafa putting pen to paper.”
Rafa has been frustrated by Mike Ashley because of his lack of ambition for Newcastle and his unwillingness to spend sufficient money to adequately strengthen the squad since we were promoted in 2017.
The manager wants to win trophies at Newcastle, but you wonder if that’s possible with Ashley as the owner.
Any talks on Rafa’s future will be held in abeyance until Newcastle are safe n the Premier League, and it looks like we need at least two more wins to be safe.
So there’s nothing much new in this report.
As we know, Rafa also wants investments in the training grounds and the Youth Academy.