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Sky Sports Report – Rafa Wants 6 New Players – Magpies Could Smash £21M Transfer Record

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?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Moonraker15

    May 19, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    My feeling is if Rafa was leaving we’d know by now. If there was a huge sticking point that would end it.
    Howay the Lads

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 19, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    One of the best players to cash on now is on lascelles. He has been so poor and if anyone offers north of 20m. We should take it.

  • jazzyp

    May 19, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3


    I hope ya right mate but its Ashley were talking about.
    Why leave the club in such a precarious position again going in to another transfer window, With one of the best managers we’ve had at the club maybe on the verge of leaving.
    If you look at it from a fans perspective then yeah..all the boxes are ready to be ticked as a club to become a top club again,But as long as Ashley is here its clear he doesn’t want that

  • Jib

    May 19, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Micky from previous
    Dani Ceballos is a Sevillano – as a kid he
    moved from Sevilla to Betis which is like
    moving from Sunlun to the Toon.
    As a senior at Betis he had a new manager every 6 months
    including the dickhead Gus Poyet.
    When he played at Betis fot RM in January he got dogs abuse.
    Guess what – he’s injured for the return fixture which is in about 2 hours.

    He hates living in Madrid he’s a bonny footballer (midfielder with a great free kick)
    but has 4 years left on his contract and Madrid paid €16M for him

  • DubaiMicky

    May 19, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib, so £12m or so for a 22 year old that could flourish under Rafa? Sounds like good business to me – providing he doesn’t turn out like Jacob Murphy (similar price and age)?

  • Ron Knee

    May 19, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    “Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says he will leave the club after Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Watford.

    “The 33-year-old defender won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during 11 years at Etihad Stadium in which he scored 20 goals in 360 games.”

  • Jib

    May 19, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Aye £10M for a midfielder that Luis Enrique rates , has to
    be good business.

  • Jib

    May 19, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Kompany is a free agent now.

    PL clubs will be queueing to offer him fantastic wages.

    He owns a 4th division Belgian side run by his sister
    so maybe he’ll fancy a return to Brussels

  • giimps

    May 19, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    The piece should read “The 33 year old was at the club while they bought four premier league titles, two FA cups, and four League cups, all this with other players bought with 1billion of the owners money subjecting the club to two separate financial fair play investigations, one proven and one to be proven”
    ( the only reason there are only 2 is that a club can’t be done for financial fair play irregularities for 5 years after they have previously been convicted of the same breach)

    Yeah….it’s a fair playing field…..must be difficult when you can play fantasy football with an unlimited budget while the rest of the league is bound by legislation, but when the owner is basically a country…..they can hide things normal clubs can’t hide…….like getting your cousin half removed to sponsor the ground you don’t own for hundreds of millions……….

  • geordiesteve520

    May 19, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    @Jib – Ceballos is a great little player, would be an upgrade on our playmaker in midfield, iirc he absolutely ran the show when Spain U21 won the Euros a few years back, proper Rolls Royce of a player in the making. could potentially flourish under Rafa and, if reports are to be believed, Real will left him go in the summer…

  • Moonraker15

    May 19, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Aye I know it’s Ashley! However I’m pretty sure he thinks the club is safe with Rafa (which it is), and desperately wants to keep him. Let’s face it Charnley doesn’t know much and Ashley doesn’t have time to run the club. I’m convinced Rafa is staying now!

  • Moonraker15

    May 19, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Speculation about signings is pointless till Rafa signs. No one moves without the gaffa’s Say so and no one comes in!

  • Malta Mag

    May 19, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Yet another article stating the bleeding obvious and this bloke gets paid for that????


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