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Exclusive – Rafa Wants To Sign Long-Term Talented Target This Summer



We’ve noticed that when Rafa rates a player, he keeps going after them until he can sign them.

The first time Rafa wanted to sign Irish International James McCarthy of Everton was way back in January of 2017 when Rafa wanted to buy the recently departed Andros Townsend and James McCarthy.

But Mike Ashley refused to sanction any deal thinking the squad was good enough to be promoted the following May.

He was right, but this is the way Ashley has run the club – spending the least amount of money possible while trying to keep Newcastle as a Premier League club.

It hasn’t worked for 12 years, but he still keeps doing it and proving he should not be the owner of a Premier League club.

Since then the 28-year-old Glaswegian suffered a broken leg on January 20 in an attempt to block a shot on goal by Salomon Rondon.

Newcastle want Everton’s James McCarthy this summer

It resulted in the striker accidentally breaking McCarthy’s leg.

The 41 times capped Republic of Ireland International was ruled out for the rest of the 2017–2018 season and Rondon was in deep distress on the field.

According to an exclusive in TEAMtalk today Rafa wants to sign James this summer.

McCarthy is now back to full fitness after an injury-ridden time at Everton but Rafa is good with players that seem to get injuries, and we may be able to get the very talented McCarthy for a decent fee.

And James will have something to prove at Newcastle, so that’s always good – Rafa will help him do just that.

McCarthy wants to leave Everton, with manager Marco Silva not having James in his plans for the Goodison Park club.

In fact, McCarthy has hardly played over the last two seasons for the Toffees (7 times in all and only once last season) so it’s a bit of a risk.

But McCarthy has always been an accomplished player ever since he came into the Premier League with Wigan back in 2009.

If Ashley is still the owner, it may be difficult for Rafa to persuade him to pay maybe £15M (it could be less than that) for a player who turns 30 in September.

If we have new owners, then it’s likely they will trust Rafa’s judgment on transfer targets this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


355 comments so far

  • magscar

    May 29, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #121

    So when is David Craig (SSN not our Fairs Cup RB) rocking up to SJP to interview some excitable teenagers?

    SSN hourly bulletin on about some final, a bolshie manager and cricket – aw c’mon let’s have some reality TV 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #123

    Liam Kennedy@LiamJKennedy23

    Contacted Premier League re #Newcastle United takeover, been told they will not comment on situation – whether they’ve been sent docs, or if any tests in process. Say it is down to #NUFC to comment on said situation. #NUFC also contacted. Also “no comment” at this stage

    1
  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #124

    OP…It does seem so. Great news, at last.

    Still, I’m sure there are a few hurdles to cross still. Hard to dot the i’s and cross the t’s when you’re illiterate, but I have some faith in Ashley and Charnley…when it comes to getting Ashley cash.

    3
  • toon22

    May 29, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #125

    JIB

    If you so sure the sales happening why wont you commit to never posting pro MA stuff again if it turns out to be lies ?

    GS

    Hiya JIB

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  • Pottsclock

    May 29, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #126

    Fong is a “cockney” English word referring to a slim pair of ladies lower undergarments

    1
  • Reilly

    May 29, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #127

    Would BZG not have to get the nod from the fatman,before releasing these statements.

    0
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #128

    Ibiza

    Money makes Ashley’s world go round

    1
  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #129

    Hiya KBA

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #130

    OP…I’d remove the sim and battery and get a new phone asap. Anonymous are on to you.

    GS…If it helps, you’re fonging the hell out of this.

    4
  • Novocastrian66

    May 29, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #131

    Ibiza; I’m in denial about everything these days, it’s the only way I can keep sane. Refuse to believe anything is actually happening. It the ostrich syndrome.

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #132

    Reilly

    I thought about that and figured they must have discussed it before the first release.

    1
  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #133

    Hiya G2.

    Moron.

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #134

    you know something a little shukran jazilan goes a long way …

    so does hayak allah…

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #135

    Ibiza

    Anonymous? Just tell me who it is?

    As long as it isn’t the guy from Mr Robot

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #136

    OP…Well, it’s certainly helped make him round.

    Whoops, shouldn’t poke fun at Mike just as he’s about to sell.

    0
  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #137

    Doesn’t help at all Ibizatoon. What does fong mean?

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #138

    Novo…It’s a tried and trusted method, can’t blame you. I just like the ride 🙂

    OP…We’ll have to hire a whizz to find the whizz.

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #139

    You’ve got to be a bit of a prick to only come on the blog to throw insults or wind fans up on what could turn out to be one of the important days in living memory for Newcastle United.

    Take a hike

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  • JohnJ

    May 29, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #140

    Here’s a link regarding Newcastle United & Rafa Benitez

    http://www.nufcblog.co.uk/2019/05/29/sheikh-khaleds-plan-for-rafa-benitez-ahead-of-potential-350m-takeover-reporter/

    Just hoping all this is true!

    Love your new Avatar Micky!

    1
  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #141

    toon22, I’ll answer on behalf of Jib as a fellow Ashley shill.

    If Jib or anyone else promises to never again post anything pro-Ashley, that implies that pro-Ashley posts have been made in the past, which has always been denied.

    Whether you realise it or not, you’re asking a loaded question which nobody in their sane mind would reply to.

    Let’s just say that Ashley is suddenly irrelevant and leave it at that, eh?

    We’re supposed to be celebrating. I might even get you a virtual slice of dead fly cake to celebrate.
    😉

    Here’s looking forward to many future conversations with you about proper footy stuff.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #142

    GS…My understanding is that to fong someone is to hit them with a paddle like tool.

    A good fonging would be equivalent to a good beating, I believe. I also understand, it could be either punishment or for pleasure. People are odd, I’m not sure how G2 gets special mention if I’m being honest.

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #143

    Rob
    Cheers for the mention.

    Up at SJP Friday – Still loads and loads of kegs waiting to be shipped out.
    Plus friend who works for the Opta stats for NUFC told me in March that their contract ends at the end of the season and the Club shop were running down stocks and not re-ordering.

    So seems like something been going on – press must be kicking themselves they have not got wind of anything.

    Not a bad thing tho if both parties want to push through a deal

    Heres hoping

    3
  • Swlabr

    May 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #144

    Toon22. Just an observation here, if the sale’s going through, (and it is) why would anybody bother making any MA statements (pro or anti) at all? It would be pointless.
    Also, you realise you’re asking jib a “When did you stop bashing your wife” type question. Nobody would respond to that.
    Just saying is all.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #145

    Ron Knee; that’s a non confirmation, confirmation by the EPL if I’ve ever read one.
    Is the Pope catholic? Err, I cannot confirm that, erm you need to speak to the, erm, Vatican. It’s up to them to tell you that.

    4
  • Swlabr

    May 29, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #146

    Blimey Rob that was spooky

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #147

    Ibiza

    You’re fonging or flogging a dead horse with GS he’s been asked talked to etc, he’s just obsessed.

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  • hibbit

    May 29, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #148

    so bloody obvious GS is nowt more then a silly little mackem wum trying to gate crash the party

    PLEASE DON’T FEED THE WUM

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #149

    Because he talks about fonging all of the time. Which is very strange.

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #150

    “Optimistic Oryx
    You’ve got to be a bit of a prick to only come on the blog to throw insults”

    So why do it ?

    3
  • Swlabr

    May 29, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #151

    Just shows how fast the posts are coming in!

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #152

    Hibbit: you think I am a Mackem? and winding up. You could not be more wrong.

    I think G2 is very strange and I am saying so.

    That is all.

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #153

    Jib

    Ho Ho Ho, I bet you weed a little whilst typing that?

    7
  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #154

    Swlabr, great minds and all that.

    It’s a new era, new start. I’d like for catchy and jesper to come back on and join in the celebrations. This is a time for all NUFC fans to share a couple beers and some goodwill, no matter what squabbles they’ve had in the past.

    And that will last about 2 hours, I reckon.
    ;-

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #155

    OP…That’s okay. I’m off shortly anyway. Hasn’t taken up anymore of my time than watching the constant posts over the past 20 minutes or so 🙂

    So, does anyone know when our current sponsorship deals expire? Isn’t that the way owners get funds in for players these days and not fall foul of FFP rules? This is a grey area for NUFC fans…an owner wanting to find a way to put money in. Typing it even seems foolish.

    1
  • Reilly

    May 29, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #156

    Did you enjoy ya trip to wembley this past weekend jib.Spain my arse. 😆

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  • hibbit

    May 29, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #157

    jibs feeling left out

    9
  • gillmag

    May 29, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #158

    Why aren’t the local press banging on the doors at St James to demand a statement…useless the lot of them.
    Somebody somewhere must know for sure what’s really happening or when we might get final confirmation the Fatman has gone??

    2
  • JP...from The Rock

    May 29, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #159

    Oh FFS not this twat McCarthy again. I don’t rate him at all!

    We should be going for Allan of Napoli or someone similar like Bakayoko.

    2
  • ben.g

    May 29, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #160

    Rafa the Wiley old fox has known the whole time.

    No wonder he’s been knocking back other clubs with no contract sorted!

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