There’s a report in the Chronicle today from Lee Ryder, and the news is that the ongoing negotiations will likely continue well into the weekend.
That’s also what Keith Downie of Sky Sports had reported today.
The report mentions the talks are in deadlock after yesterday’s meeting with two specific sticking points.
- Ashley seems to be refusing any more transfer funds than Lee Charnley mentioned in his financial report a few weeks – we understand that’s £00M plus anything Rafa can get from outgoing transfers – that’s just not enough.
- The owner seems to be refusing to allow Rafa full control of the transfer money and to bring in players over 26 when he sees fit for the good of the team.
These are two long-standing issues, and it doesn’ appear that Ashley is willing to budge on these.
If he maintains his stance, we are getting concerned that Rafa could walk away – that seems a real possibility now if this stalemate continues.
Mike Ashley – very stubborn – difficult to work with
The Chronicle is reporting that Ashley is as he was with Alan Pardew – only willing to buy players under 24 (note – not even 26) – seems like he wants even younger players in.
Those are the two issues, and this report from the Chronicle confirms what we reported this morning – there is a real deadlock in these negotiations and unless someone budges – no agreement will be forthcoming.
But they are still talking and when that’s the case there’s always hope.
The report points out that current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is set to leave the Italian powerhouse at the end of the season.
And Rafa could be linked with that job since he’s managed Inter-Milan and Napoli in Italy already; he could immediately manage a club in the Champions League every single season and win a lot more trophies.
Juventus have been one of the top clubs in Europe for decades and have won the Champions League (European Cup) twice, and the Europa League (UEFA Cup) three times.
And of course multiple local trophies in Italy – too many to number.
But Rafa wants to manage Newcastle United and stay in the Premier League – he has set that on multiple occasions.
We hope Mike Ashley wises up quickly and becomes a lot more flexible otherwise he will screw this one up in a major way.