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.”



  • Kev-82

    I don’t like to criticise Rafa as he is 100% right man for the job, but for all our years of slating Ashley I think Rafa has to take some blame on this one. I seen it coming a year ago when he filled the squad with quite a few permanent signing for the Championship but only loaned out last years dross who were always going to come back. Secondly, if we could only make a few signings before having to move players on, why have we gone out and bought more squad players? If we were limited then first team improvements should have been priority then get the squad players when the space is freed up by outgoing transfers.

    • TheFatController

      The problem is Rafa and Charnley can’t really sell these players – they’re under contract (e.g. Xisco) you can loan them far easier, hence last summer we did as only promotion mattered.

      Only agents can sell them by finding a new club with anywhere near our wages just so they can play.

      Rafa is saying – you won’t get a game, so if you want to play you’ll have to forego our wages and move.

      The exception is Mitro who will go when we’ve haggled as I suspect no club will offer anything over £10m for him – why would they?

      • Kev-82

        I get that it’s hard to shift some of the rubbish as nobody wants them, but go back a year and knowing that, should we have brought in the likes of Hanley, Lazaar, Gamez on permanent transfers when we knew there is a 25 man squad if promoted? Murphy happened to work ok as he did his job and we’ve moved him on but even that was a risk and we could have been stuck with him not being good enough for the Prem.

      • Leicester Mag

        Because he’s 22 a regular international and regular goal scorer at international level. The rest of the detritus we should cut losses on but Mitrovic less sure

  • magpiefifer

    It will never happen,but Ashley – through puppet Charnley – needs to cut his losses with some players and sell them on at realistic prices.The bigger problem could be their wages at NUFC.
    We badly need more quality for the PL.

  • Steve Pearce

    We should stop being hypocritical and drop the prices of the unwanted players as that makes us as bad as the clubs who have overvalued the players we want to buy. I say we as its not only Jabba The Hut that’s to blame but the whole culture of inflated transfer fees and wages that crop up every summer. Newcastle should make an example and clear the decks with sale prices allowing a bigger collective pot.

    Otherwise we’re no better than the rest of the greedy buggers we complain about!

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Exactly. Asking £18 million for Mitrovic, if reports are correct, is totally unrealistic.

  • Leazes Ender

    2016……’Yet old failings came back to haunt Newcastle and you can trace it all back to the summer transfer market when Charnley sent McClaren into the job ill-equipped.’

    2018………………………….Yet old failings came back to haunt Newcastle and you can trace it all back to the summer transfer market when Charnley sent Rafa into the job ill-equipped.’

  • East Durham Mag

    The real transfer problems come from Fatty and Penfold who lied and lied. The detritus left over from Carr compound the situation by having to offload the substandard players bought by him. Instead of going for players to be in place as early as possible we wait and wait. We shouldn’t be surprised and shouldn’t believe a word that comes out of Fattys mouth.

    • magpiefifer

      Not much comes out of Fatty’s mouth (apart from spew),and most of us don’t believe a word!!

  • Alan Pardew

    We have to be careful, if one goes out then one needs to come in.

  • Jimblag23

    The likes of Rivierre should just be paid off and released if we can’t sell them. Take the hit for years of bad recruitment and move onwards.

  • MadMag83

    Some of them should have been out the door before last season. The likes of Krul, Riviere, Saviet were clearly not in Rafa’s plans, so should have been moved on rather than loaned.

  • lukegte

    I’m disappointed they’ve been so slow but now I’m quite content with the activity up to this point. However, I expect more signings. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Clucas join, especially given his apparent transfer fee of just £4m. If this Spanish lad signs I’d say our midfield would look solid for a first season back in the prem, assuming De Jong stays to, at the very least, deputise for Shelvey. After that a keeper and possibly a left back, but I’m not sure how Benitez feels about Dummet and Haidara moving forward. I can see Hanley, Krul, Darlow, Riviere, Lazaar, Saivet, Gamez and Mitrovic all leaving for collectively about £25-30m before they bring in a “big money” striker with the money generated by those sales, but it might end up being a last minute deal for someone like Andre Gray/Josh King. Hopefully Aarons, Fernandez and El-Mhanni will get their chance with the first team.

  • TheNutJob

    Fat lad & Penfold guilty as charged