Rafa is not being told much about the upcoming transfer window and how much money is available and who he can sign.
It appears that Rafa wants to sign a few older players and one of them is on-loan striker Salomon Rondon who will turn 30 in September.
He has 10 goals for us this season and has looked one of Newcastle’s best players this season, and he loves it on Tyneside.
But Mike Ashley is notorious for wanting to sign players under 26, so he thinks he will be able to make a profit on them when they are eventually sold.
That’s the level that Mike Ashley thinks about Newcastle – how to make money on players.
He doesn’t think about keeping the outstanding players to make an outstanding team.
Salomon will cost £16.5M if West Brom aren’t promoted and more if they are.
This is what Jamie Carragher has said on Sky Sports as reported in the Chronicle:
“They have to get the signature done: Rondon in the summer.”
“I know Mike Ashley doesn’t like spending money on players of his age but he’s made a huge difference to Newcastle this season.”
“It’s a deal that has to be made.”
And this is what Rafa has said about Rondon who looks just perfect for this current Newcastle side:
“The kind of striker we were looking for was like him.”
“Someone who was strong, sometimes can hold the ball up, flick it on and can run with the defenders.”
“He was doing a great job for us. Even when he’s tired he goes to the right positions to let the midfielders go and press.”
“He’s an important player for us.”
It’s very likely that one of the answers Rafa is waiting to hear from the owner is whether he will sign Rondon in the summer for up to £20M.
If the answer is no – that would not be well received by Rafa Benitez.
Mike Ashley has gone quiet over the last several weeks as he tried to buy Debenhams, but that proved unsuccessful.
We wonder if he even has much interest in Newcastle these days.
It’s a dangerous situation for the club’s future at the moment as fans are hoping we can keep Rafa at Newcastle.