There’s no new news on the talks taking place between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley today (yet), but Newcastle are being linked with several players in the transfer window.
Juan Mata of Manchester United is available on a free this summer as his contract runs out at the Red Devils.
And it doesn’t look like new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees him as part of Manchester United’ future.
There is a report in the Sun today that Rafa wants him at Newcastle.
There are a couple of problems we see with that coming from the owner Mike Ashley.
Rafa Benitez with Juan Mata – circa 2013
Mata has just turned 31, and his wages will be very high.
On the other hand, his transfer fee is low.
Rafa has a good relationship with Juan having managed him while Rafa was the interim manager at Chelsea when the London club won the Europa League in May 2013.
Quite an excellent interim manager for 8 months.
Mata’s reported wages are £140K/week.
Yes – that’s every week – not for the year!
Mata played 135 times for Chelsea with 32 goals and 58 assists from 2011 until 2014.
He then joined Manchester United and played 218 times for them with 45 goals and 37 assists.
He would do very well at Newcastle for say the next three years.
Ashley and Benitez have been deadlocked on the buying of older players, and sometimes Rafa wants to bring them in when they strengthen the team on the field.
Mike Ashley only thinks of the money and their huge wages, and there’s no sell-on value.
Two other players Rafa wants to stay on at Newcastle on new contracts are Salomon Rondon from West Brom and Matt Richie, both of whom are 29.
What do you think?