Rafa Benitez is hoping to have offers on a number of his unwanted players by the time he and his squad travel back to Tyneside from the training camp in Ireland.

The United boss claims that even without money generated from potential sales (and saving of wages) the club still has enough money to do what they need to do in the transfer market, though he admits the extra cash won’t do any harm.

Adam Armstrong was left at home so he could complete his loan move to Bolton yesterday, whilst the club revealed Chancel Mbemba couldn’t travel due to a hitch with his visa.

However, Rafa Benitez confirmed that the others left behind: Tim Krul, Emmanuel Riviere and Achraf Lazaar are a trio at the top of his list to offload.

Krul and Riviere were sent out on loan last season and neither impressed in that time, whilst they both have only one year left on their contracts.

As for Lazaar, he couldn’t manage a single start in the Championship so hardly a shock that Rafa will try to move him on.

It doesn’t stop there though, with the Newcastle Manager confirming what we all knew really anyway, that all but his key players are available for sale. Rafa Benitez saying anybody on the fringe of the squad can go ‘if the price is right’.

Unless they show something unexpected in pre-season, that list surely contains the likes of Henri Saivet and Siem de Jong who were also sent out on loan last season and failed to impress in weaker leagues.

It has also already been made clear that Karl Darlow, Daryl Murphy and Grant Hanley should be leaving – hopefully the club won’t hold out for unrealistic fees and allow Rafa Benitez to move out unwanted players.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has already admitted he is likely to leave and is another player who Rafa chose not to give many games to, even in the second tier.

For others, it may well depend on who Newcastle manage to bring in, with players such as Mbemba and Colback not likely to be seen as first choice players, though may be kept as cover if no suitable players are brought in and/or no decent bids are received.

Less than four weeks until the season starts and only six weeks until the transfer window closes. While Rafa says the ‘priority for me is the football and maximising the time with the players’, it looks certain he is also, just like last season, going to have to deal with a very hectic time in the transfer market.

Rafa Benitez:

“Some of the players we left are available, it depends on the offer.

“We have to adjust and some will leave, some will stay.

“But everyone (on the fringe of the squad) is available, if the price is right.

“Hopefully, when we go back we will have offers for different players, but the priority for me is the football and maximising the time with the players.

“It will help (to sell some unwanted players) but even without that, we still have enough money to do what we wanted to do.”



  • TheNutJob

    Best of luck on that one Rafa, ha ha
    flog Mbemba & replace him with some duck egg from Spain or Portugal who costs 2 mill 😂😂

    • 1957

      Spain and Portugal is the new France it seems…if you believe the Chronicle.

  • Geordiegiants

    The fringe player bit in brackets wasn’t said, he said, “everyone is available if the price is right”.
    That is the truth of the matter, we do not have 1 single player that is not replaceable.

    • Carlo Ancelotti

      I wouldn`t sell Shelvey

      • Wor Monga

        Neither would Rafa…despite what a lot of the negative nellys were drivelling on this site…that he couldn’t use him and didn’t want him because of the lad’s bad attitude, at this time last year!!!

        • Geordiegiants

          I’ve never heard or seen anyone write about Rafa getting rid of Shelvey ????

          • Wor Monga

            I take it you didn’t read the regular whingers comments on here last May -July then!!!

      • Geordiegiants

        Neither would I, but he wouldnt get in a top six side. I just mean we don’t have any top players on our books that would walk into even Everton say.

    • Wor Monga

      No shocks there then!…everybody in football has a price do you think that Everton wanted to sell Lukaku (53 goals in 110 games) who scored half their goals last season in the PL, and still had 2 years on his contract?…do you think that Norwich wanted to sell Murphy?…every player will go if the price is right, and they force the issue!!!

  • Let’s hope we are able to move 5-6 players to make room for 2-3 new signings, as we will probably keep De Jong and Saivet for backup. I do think we should shift Mbemba and keep Hanley as backup(cheaper option with more experience).
    We need another holding and creative midfielder, presumable left-sided along with a striker and perhaps a goalkeeper(if we manage to sell Krul) and we most desperately need a competitive left and right-back, Haidara just won’t do.

  • Wor Lass

    I really hope that all the dithering in the transfer market ends up with Mitro staying. Yes, he missed too many chances last season (for us not Serbia) and didn`t force himself into Rafa`s thinking but I believe he has what it takes to become a top flight striker. He needs a bit of confidence and the right kind of service and the goals will come. My fear is that he goes late on and we don`t replace him with anyone better – or anyone at all. Loic Remy would be a good choice for me but I don`t know what sort of wage he`d expect – he`s already shown us how mercenary he can be.

    • Geordiegiants

      Mitro is pure garbage, he just hasn’t got the X Factor, Remy although he is money money money, is a professional and would put his head down and do a good job. You or I probably don’t like our work, but we do a good job as we are professional. This day and age most players are in it for themselves and the money, not for football or their love of a club. Those days are gone now.

      • 1957

        Remy could do a good job and if he was in the form of his time on loan here he would fit perfectly into Benitez system. My only worry is he was injured for almost all of last season, don’t know what it was or how it might have affected him. Sometimes players around the 30 Mark don’t recover well from long term injuries.

        • Geordiegiants

          I would prefer someone else to be honest, but he would be a start to help us through this season.

      • Tom page

        True!

      • Wor Lass

        Each to their own – as we always say, it`s a game of opinions.

        • Geordiegiants

          Opinions are what this site is about definelty. Mitro has the heart of a lion and loves the club and area, but he just can’t get it right. Remy on the other hand, has no feeling or emotion for our team, but is a good player that will score goals.
          I know who I would have hands down every single time.

    • Wor Monga

      He missed a lot of good chances last season, and it would take a very good pre-season to convince Rafa to use him up front as a single striker for the next one…

      …any offer close to what we paid for him would be taken, and more than likely we’d take a good PL striker (Remy) on loan until the TV money comes in, next season…as any permanent deal would be way over £30m!!!

      • 1957

        I thought Chelsea accepted an offer of £12m from Leicester last year, but Remy wasn’t interested. I doubt they would expect or get £30m for him especially after a season out with injury. As for other PL strikers, I can’t see any who would be worth a top fee wanting to join us this year.

      • Wor Lass

        Remy has been told he`s not in Chelsea`s plans so he`ll be looking for a permanent deal –
        but I`d be in favour of taking him in place of Mitro.

  • HarryHype59

    I wonder how much the club pays in wage subsidies to the borrowing club?

  • Jimblag23

    I’d love us to keep Mitro, de Jong, Krul and Darlow as I think they can all offer something.
    But I guess 4 players that might not play are just wasted squad numbers and money. ‘Tis a shame.