Sky Sports are reporting today in their transfer section that Rafa Benitez wants as many as six new players into the club this summer – if only he can reach some agreement with owner Mike Ashley to stay on board.
There is still some doubt about Rafa staying at Newcastle, and it hasn’t been helped by the reported gridlock in negotiations over the last three or four days.
It’s difficult to know for anybody what’s really going on and the reporting on the continuing negotiations has been spasmodic at best.
But it’s positive that Newcastle are keeping a tight lid on the news – as long as they reach an agreement within a couple of days!
Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – where he must remain
As part of their transfer piece in Sky Sports on Newcastle, local Sky reporter Keith Downie has given his ideas on what may happen this summer at the club.
This is what he said:
“Newcastle’s summer shopping list all depends on the future of their manager. Rafa Benitez’s contract is up on June 30 and he’s yet to agree a new one.”
“If – and it looks likely – he does stay, top of his list will be pinning down Rondon on a permanent transfer.”
“The Venezuelan has been a revelation on his season-long loan from West Brom, but Newcastle would have to rip up their policy of only signing players aged 26 or under for Benítez to get his man.”
“In addition to Rondon, Newcastle are in the market for a couple of midfielders, a full-back on either side and another forward to pair with record signing Miguel Almiron.”
“Do not be surprised to see Newcastle smash that £21M transfer record again this summer.”
“But the number of arrivals will depend on outgoings.”
“The futures of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie, Mo Diame and Ayoze Perez are uncertain.”
Rafa not only has a lot of work to do with Lee Charnley to get new players this summer.
But he also has to clear the decks of a reasonably large number of players who have no future at Newcastle under Mr. Benitez.
Players like Colback, Lazaar, Joselu, Saivet, Elliot, and Aarons to name only five.
Or is that six?