Rafa Benitez is in line to become the highest paid Manager in the World.
That is if you believe Newcastle United’s official media partner.
However, it won’t be Mike Ashley who would be agreeing the wage rise.
Instead, The Mirror claim that their information is that two (unnamed) Chinese Super League clubs have made clear that they will be offering Rafa Benitez the £600,000 a week (£30m a year) deal, if he is willing to leave Newcastle United.
The report/story also goes with the line that Rafa is still furious that Mike Ashley wouldn’t back him in the January transfer window and that in contrast he would have an ‘unlimited transfer budget’, if he agreed to take up one of these alleged £30m offers that will be made.
Rafa Benitez was clearly far from happy when Newcastle failed to sign any of his list of transfer targets, even on loan, in the summer – but whether that equates to being interested in putting his career on hold and/or bringing it to an end for a barrel of money in China, is quite another thing.
Nobody knows what the Newcastle Manager’s intentions are but he had no choice but to carry on after that January window.
Rafa Benitez is clearly intent on getting this promotion task completed, rather than having a major black mark on his CV, then at the end of the season he would have no shortage of offers if he did decide to leave Tyneside.
Newcastle fans of course are desperate for him to stay and the former Real Madrid boss has been the total professional and given no indication he intends to leave, no matter what went on in January.
Having done all of this preparation work, it is difficult to imagine Rafa not fancying another real go at the Premier League assuming promotion, just so as long as Mike Ashley treats him right…
One attraction of the Newcastle job was that Rafa Benitez was in relatively easy travelling distance from his family home on Merseyside, so no matter how much money may or may not be on offer in China, that would be another major hurdle to any claimed move.