There is a report at 90min that the conflict hampering a new deal for Rafa is the size of the transfer budget. While we think there is some truth in this, the amount quoted seems to be off the mark.
Rafa Benitez– what is delaying this important deal?
Rafa Benitez is keen to stay at Newcastle. He has made that perfectly clear. But he has suffered like the rest of us at the hands of a stubborn owner who has gained his fortune through cutting costs.
That just does not work in football. And Rafa Benitez knows this.
As his contract situation lingers on, we all seemed trapped in a void between happiness and despair. We are held here in this void by the hands of Mike Ashley.
What is it that is holding up the pragmatic dream of a new contract for Rafa Benitez?
The report at 90min says that Rafa Benitez is demanding that a transfer kitty of £100M be written into the contract. While we feel that is not at all unreasonable on Rafa’s part, we also feel that this is not the principal obstacle to the deal.
We believe that Rafa does want assurances about transfers in his contract but it won’t be £100M. It will most likely be closer to half that amount.
This is because Rafa also understands that Newcastle’s infrastructure is screaming for investment.
While we think the manager knows how important this transfer window is for the club to push forward, he also knows that this club needs investment beyond the football pitch.
We just hope that this deal can be sorted soon and we don’t blame Rafa Benitez at all for demanding assurances from Mike Ashley.