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Rafa Benitez admits obvious problem this summer with transfers

4 years ago

Rafa Benitez has been talking about the transfer window once again and the difficulties he is experiencing.

Tottenham is only 17 days ago and the Newcastle manager is desperate to bring in the extra players he believes will be essential in the Premier League.

The United boss identifies two issues he is having to deal with.

Whilst many Newcastle fans point to how many players other Premier League clubs have or haven’t signed, the United boss explains that United are in a far different position than 17 other top tier clubs.

Rafa Benitez says that clubs who already have a Premier League squad are only needing ‘three or four’ new signings to tweak their squad for the new season, whereas promoted ones such as Newcastle ‘have to bring more players’ in when going up.

The other issue that the manager faces is the number of players he already has at the club, with 22 making the trip to Bradford last night but at least an extra nine senior (not Under 21s) players staying on Tyneside.

Putting it simply Rafa says ‘We have to move players out if we want to move players in’.

The fear continues to be though that Newcastle United will insist on too high a valuation on unwanted players, meaning Benitez could struggle to get them out of the door.

A perfect example is in recent days we have seen claims of Lyon willing to pay around £13m for Mitrovic but Newcastle demanding at least £4m or £5m more.

Rafa Benitez speaking after beating Bradford 4-0:

“Every manager wants to sign more players and that is especially important when you are promoted from the Championship to the Premier League.

“It’s not the same when you are already in the Premier League and you need three or four maximum – when you are changing division it is more difficult and you have to bring more players.

“But we have a problem – which is obvious, we already have too many players.

“We have to move players out if we want to move players in.

“That is something we have to manage between now and the end of the window.”

Rafa Benitez is though happy to see signing number five on the way:

“It (deal to bring in Mikel Merino) is not quite done yet but we are working to try and finalise everything and I am quite confident that we will do it.

“Hopefully it will get done and we will have a player with quality – who can help us in the middle of the park.

“We were working hard to try and find a player who could maybe give us something different.

“I think he has the quality to help, so hopefully he can come.”


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