There’s a report out by Louise Taylor in the Guardian on the negotiations on Rafa’s contract, and it does not make for pleasant reading.
The report suggests that after one full week of talks between Newcastle officials and Rafa Benitez, they are still far apart on any potential agreement.
After a face to face meeting last Thursday and communication via email and telephone since then – there are still “significant sticking points” existing between Rafa and Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – still not giving in to Rafa Benitez’ requests – that’s worrying
If the talks can come to a successful conclusion there will be another face to face meeting between manager and owner and Newcastle will at that time provide written guarantees of all promises made to the manager.
We assume Rafa will sign his contract at that time.
While the amount of transfer funds offered by Mike Ashley varies depending on the source, the Guardian says it could be £50M plus anything Rafa can get for selling players.
That’s for the next two transfer windows and if Rafa sells Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey this summer that could bring in at least £35M.
We were hoping after 7 days of negotiations we would be much closer to a deal.
But – at least according to this report – talks could continue into next week,
That doesn’t sound good.
But we live in hope and despite reports both positive and negative – an agreement could still be reached at any time.
The sooner the better!