Rafa Benitez has given an update on the transfer market, in terms of where he sees the problems as being.

The United boss accepts that many of his unwanted players are destined for the Championship, rather than the Premier League, and thinks it is now a game of cat and mouse.

Rafa claims that this is a period of time when second tier clubs wait and try to get signings on cheaper wages than they would maybe need to pay to attract them any earlier.

As for Newcastle’s specific problems, the manager sees players at the club who are on ‘good (Premier League?) salaries’ but Premier League clubs don’t see them as good enough.

Any number of players are clearly up for sale as Rafa Benitez tries to raise cash and cut down his squad, the likes of Krul, Lazaar, Riviere, Hanley, Colback, Haidara, Darlow just the tip of the black and white iceberg.

When trying to bring in the players that he needs to do a job in the Premier League, Rafa repeated ‘The market has changed and prices are so high…’.

As an illustration he says it is a £10m price tag if a player can ‘kick the ball forward’ and then that doubles ‘if you put the ball in the net’.

I think Newcastle have had a fair few players over the years who struggled to do either!

Rafa Benitez:

“The Championship teams, normally what they do now is that they wait.

“They wait because of wages – if they buy the player one week or two weeks after, they don’t need to pay the same wages.

“We have some players who maybe have good salaries for the Championship while maybe Premier League teams are not interested – that is the situation.

“The market has changed and prices are so high…

“If you can kick the ball forward, they will ask for £10m – if you put the ball in the net, it’s £20m.”



  • Leicester Mag

    Well in the case of Riviere what is cost when you couldn’t hit a cow’s ar $e with a banjo?

    Also what does that say about our new forward at £5M ?

    • Ivan logan

      Slazenger socks FC

    • Wor Lass

      Not many players are capable of dummying the keeper by appearing to be swinging one foot at the ball while allowing it to ricochet into the net from the other one. That`s pure class and you can`t put a price on it!

      • TwinFire

        as well as building within all opposing team goal keepers a false sense of security by not scoring in any previous match. Them BAM! hit em with the trick shot for a goal that counted for nothing anyway. (Yes, it still hurts hes not gone yet)

  • Leazes Ender

    Remind us how much we paid for this goal machine Joselu?

    • Ivan

      2 pairs of slazenger socks plus the bag at checkout

      • Lelisevis

        I was in that queue, to avoid any legal fallout I definitely saw 5p change hands for the cheapest carrier bag.

        • Geordiegiants

          He will probably only sell bags for life for 50p or £1.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        and a Sports Direct Mug

        • Geordiegiants

          And a five pound voucher to spend in the store.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            for another 2 mugs
            😂😂

          • Danimal

            And another 51,998.

          • TwinFire

            There was also a half-tube of smarties but thats been held back now for Kenedy, he likes sweets.

  • Mike

    Yea but the hArd fact is the premier so awash with money and players have upper hand.won’t be long afore a million £ a week player is a fact. If u can’t stand the heat……

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    greed drives the game now & it`s ruining it. kiss the badge one week & off the next for an extra £50,000 a wwek.
    18 & 19 yr old`s demanding £50 to a £100 thousand a week, players living in Bubbles as well as Mansions
    the games Donald Ducked !

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      Good for the players for getting as much to provide the primary service that attracts people to watch the sport. Namely, PLAYING THE SPORT! They’ve only 10-15 years to make as much as possible, so I say go get paid while you can. Agents on the other hand are damned near pointless (outside of preventing some players from being taken advantage of by ownership). That’s where the real fault lays. Stop blaming labor.

      • Geordiegiants

        How can you not, Corbyn is a kharki star fish.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          I’d take him over Boris Johnson! woof. But lets try and stay on topic. It’s never the right thing to blame players (aka the workers) for getting paid while we’re being gleefully bilked by a billionaire. You’ve all identified the wrong boogeyman

          • Geordiegiants

            Let’s not eh? 😉

          • Danimal

            “I fancy Liam O’Brien over the wall”

          • Geordiegiants

            Any Obrien 👍

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        10yrs on £100,000 a week, poor dears how do they survive

        • Tony Mann

          No idea! The poor darlings must fret so much

        • Jezza

          You’ve got to remember it’s a very short career. It’s not like working in a factory or one of Ashley’s sweat shops on minimum wage where you’ve got a job for life and are still grafting till you’re 65 or 70. These poor guys are retired by the time they’re 35 or 36 unless they can land some highly lucrative pundit work so it’s only fair that they’re all multi millionares by their early 20’s.

      • Danimal

        Presumably the agents help them to get paid as much as possible.

      • Jezza

        So what if they’re only earning for 10 to 15 years when they’re making more in a week than most of us fans will make in a full working lifetime. They are retiring in their mid 30’s with £50 million to £100 million in the bank while the rest of us are grafting into our late 60’s/early 70’s just to keep a basic roof over our heads.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          you’ll make more than 150,000 pounds in your lifetime

    • NUFCLX

      You hit the nail on the head. It is the one thing that makes me think about giving up my ST. Ashley I can put up with, he is just one in a long line of Sh*te owners we have had. These greedy players/agents bleed the game dry. Eventually the bubble will burst when the subscription charges get so high that working class football fans will knock it on the head. At the end of the day it is still the fans who control football as without them Sky would be Skint

      • Geordiegiants

        Yeah but we all pay out our £140 a month subscription to them.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          you want to get that sorted, cancel sky they`ll offer you the world to stay. shy bairns get nowt

          • Geordiegiants

            I do every year, I get it for about £80 a month for six month then they shaft me again for the rest of the year. I went to BT for my phone and that, its till ended up the same, they charge you £6 a month for BT sports, but only put it on one of my boxes. They all take the pee.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            i got a 60% discount off sky & 1 years free sport off BT for renewing my broadband

          • Geordiegiants

            I did as well, it only lasted 6 month. The free footy is if you have a BT and a Sky box, but only in one room and no HD. I’m going back to Sky for the lot and have bought a fire stick with Mobdro or something to watch the BT games.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            my BT`s on my sky box for a whole year, gave me 3 months free HD then a fiver a month

          • Geordiegiants

            My year is up next month or the month after, I’ll get on here and check it out what everyone is getting. I have 3 boxes everything on them sport movies HD all that shyte, fibre and a phone line. I pay Sky £100 and BT £40. It’s the same if I was all with sky.

          • Tony Mann

            Remind me when you have one month left on your contract. I pay Sky £35 and BT £25 for everything except multi-room. I’ll check with my mate to make sure i’m not telling you rubbish but you can virtually guarantee to halve what you’re paying.

          • Danimal

            I pay £30 to £50 per televised match, in essential booze and kebab expenses. Just for good measure, I pay another £30-odd per month so my empty flat can watch the match too while I’m at the pub. I don’t suppose I’ll be getting a call from ITV when that Martin Lewis money expert packs it in.

          • Geordiegiants

            Spot on cheers bud.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            yip Mobdro has all the sports channels on it

          • Tony Mann

            Get a grip – I pay £35 pm for TV – Sports/Movies etc. My mate is paying £30 pm for that same package but including broadband – guess which deal i’m going for next time. They are absolutely desperate to keep custom. Believe me – that bubble is going to burst!

          • Geordiegiants

            How many boxes you got?

          • Tony Mann

            One – My mate has that multi room malarkey and still pays £30 pm for everything.

        • Tony Mann

          They’re having your pants down – Each year when it comes up for renewal, I cancel (or threaten to). Now paying £35 PM for everything – movies as well.

          • Geordiegiants

            It only last six month though. And I’ve got it in a few rooms.

          • Tony Mann

            No it doesn’t – Play hardball with the [email protected] – I have cancelled – Its got down to the last day before cut off and the phone kept ringing. My mate did lose service for 3 or 4 days, kids going mental so he took them to the beach for a holiday. Says it was worth it to save over a grand even after hotel costs.

          • Simon Rhodes

            Your paying to much I pay £25 for every channel sky has and it includes HD

        • NUFCLX

          That is what I mean. When the next contract is negotiated the price will go up again, that is when fans will say enough is enough (hopefully)

          • Geordiegiants

            Well they prey on people like me. I’ve got 2 young kids, and stay in most nights as they need to be in bed early for school. I can only have happy time so much with the wif, before you need to flick the telly on to break the boredom. 😎

        • Clarko

          What an idiot.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeeeeeeh he’s back, have a look through the posts MMM was actually looking for you😂🤣.

          • Clarko

            A god cannot respond to every query.

          • Tony Mann

            you need to use those ‘post it’ stickers like Jim Carrey in ‘Bruce Almighty’ and you will resemble our lovely away kit from 2011/12.

          • Geordiegiants

            I bet not the amount of trawling you must do.

        • Blackburn1066

          your mad

          • Geordiegiants

            I’ve only got a month or two left. I’m gonna get it down. Cheers lads for the heads up.

        • Blackburn1066

          I got a stick from Ebay and I seeeeee it all

        • Jezza

          Sky don’t get a penny from me. They never have and never will.

      • Danimal

        Was John Hall a sh*te owner?

        • Danimal

          Agree with the other stuff by the way.

        • NUFCLX

          I always thought he was in it for the money, he started off good and I would never slag him off for the things he achieved, building the new SJP and bringing in KK etc but in the end he was well compensated when they floated the club and then sold out to Ashley

      • Rich Lawson

        I hate the agents,always pictured sipping champagne with an owner,they make their money by stirring up discontent so they can pocket another chunk from the next move,parasites.

  • 1957

    And £5m paid for Joselu gets us…

    • Fleckman hoop licker

      A bloke who doesn’t score and kicks the ball backwards?

      • foggy

        sums up Colback in one sentance

        • TwinFire

          yes!

  • Albert Stubbins

    By that Formula Rafa must be willing to take about 5 mill for Mitro then?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    anybody checked out this guy Joselu`s injury record, just a thought

    • Geordiegiants

      Clarko will kno the stats on that.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        where is Clarko it`s times like this you need him & he goes Awol

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha hahahah genuine lol.

        • Fleckman hoop licker

          He’s probably bored himself to death.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha you gotta love him.

          • MadMag83

            Perhaps he’s contradicted himself so often he’s tied himself up in knots?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Ground control to Clarko, do you copy ?

  • Blackburn1066

    This Fat Bag Of Sh–t has taken us to the bottom of the pit as a Football Club and still people think we will be OK . He alone will take us down again I will never set foot in SJP as long as he is the Boss.

  • Steve Pearce

    Here – I can kick a ball forward and put it in a net so where’s me 30 million? Rafa didn’t mention anything about playing in a match so give me a go on an empty training ground and I’ll be fine……