Rafa Benitez has been talking once again about the issues surrounding this summer’s transfer window.

The United boss says ‘We have had a lot of interest in some of our players but the question is how much they have offered’.

The list of players Rafa would love to shift is stifling the club’s hope this coming season, with the likes of Riviere, de Jong, Haidara, Good, Lazaar, Hanley, Krul, Mitrovic, Saivet and others, all players that the manager is desperate to find new clubs for and help him to do his own transfer business.

The Chronicle have revealed that this summer Newcastle haven’t had a single offer to buy Mitrovic, with only clubs interested in loan deals.

For a player who cost £14m and one of the biggest wage earners, this has been a massive obstacle to Rafa Benitez bringing in a striker who can properly compete properly with Gayle, as well as potentially play alongside.

In the relegation run-in, Mitrovic only started two of the final seven Premier League matches that decided Newcastle’s fate, whilst only 11 Championship starts made absolutely clear Rafa doesn’t rate the Serbian.

The United boss has brought in Joselu as otherwise he would be left with no other option but to play Mitrovic if Gayle is unavailable – his injury record making that all but certain for at least some of the season.

With Gayle unavailable in the final friendlies, Rafa was forced to even try out the likes of Diame and Ritchie as emergency strikers, just in case he needed to improvise in the Premier League if the right signings aren’t made.

There appears little doubt that Joselu has straight gone in as first choice back-up for Gayle.

Elsewhere in the media there are claims in The Mail that Newcastle could still get Batshuayi on loan late on in the transfer window if Chelsea can bring in another striker.

Rafa Benitez talks about selling players and trying to replace them at this late stage.

It looks very much like it is a case of Rafa will be stuck with Mitro as one of his three strikers, unless action happens elsewhere and he can land a forward on loan, allowing Mitrovic to go elsewhere on a temporary deal – with potentially a view to a permanent deal.

Rafa Benitez:

“We have had a lot of interest in some of our players but the question is how much they have offered.

“If you say you can pay £220m for Neymar, how much is the striker at the next level? And the next?

“I said the other day that if you can kick the ball forward it’s £10m, if you can score it’s £20m.

“So how much do you expect someone interested in Gayle or Mitro or one of our other players to ensure it’s the right price? We would have to sign another one – we don’t have too many strikers.”

“Normally you will play 4-2-3-1, you can play 4-4-2 sometimes. Whatever system.

“We have three, four strikers if we put Ayo (Perez) in if someone else. More or less, we are fine.

“Our fans are saying ‘Rafa is talking about keepers but we need another striker’. We know our job, we were looking for a striker, we were waiting and then we went and got him when he became available.

“We cannot sell a striker now: why?

“We needed another one (before the signing of Joselu) and we now have three. If someone is coming in (to sign Mitrovic) they would need to make a very good offer – because if we go to the market now for a striker at the level now, how much would the price be?

“The price would be a lot, or we’d miss out. If you want to replace a player now, it has to be enough for you to compete. It’s not an easy market for us now.

“When we signed Joselu it is because we thought he could give us something we needed. Mitro, Gayle, Ayo can play up front. With him we are protected and you have someone who has played in the Premier League before.

“It was difficult for us, when Gayle had a little problem we had just Mitrovic playing during the pre-season.

“Now we have more protection and hopefully because he (Joselu) knows what it means to play in England, he will do well for us.”



  • Steve Pearce

    The root of this problem may lie with the sheer incompetence of Graham Carr as a scout. He blithely spent millions of our money without properly researching if players could adapt to playing in England, if they could even play at our clubs level of expectation and could generate a return when they were sold on. It seems that fat fees from agents may have been his motivation all along, which explains this catalogue of the unwanted and unsalable. At least he has left our club but we are left with this problem and all i can say is that he should be forced to pay back all the transfer fees!

    • Paul Patterson

      Or certainly the deals/agents fees need looking at, it may even explain where transfer income has gone . .

    • Toonrobbybobson

      He really did leave us some rubbish on ridiculous wages long term :-(

    • TheFatController

      Weren’t many from one agent ?

    • Geordiegiants

      The root of the problem lies with 1 person only.

    • HarryHype59

      I broadly agree with you on Carr, but didn’t Charnley hand out the absurd contracts?

  • Peter Stabler

    Agents are constantly inflating the balloon, a cancer on the pro game. When push comes to shove as time runs out surely the market will become doable. 10% of no deal is zich.

  • Paul Patterson

    In this summers market Mitrovic is probably worth around the supposed £15m we are asking for, add in his potential and he’s probably worth more. Just imagine if he started the season and scored five or six goals in the first ten games, he’d be valued at £40m in the blink of an eye . .

    • Geordiegiants

      15m if a premier league club bought him, but none of them will because he isn’t good enough. So other clubs in Europe don’t have 15m for a gamble.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Talk of the likes of Michy Batshuayi is pure fantasy & going into the campaign with the strikers we have is bordering on madness.

    • Wor Lass

      Maybe we`ll go for Michy Moose instead!

    • anyobrien

      Simple stay away

  • Jimblag23

    I don’t think you can give a player minimal minutes in the championship and then expect real money for him.

    • Wor Lass

      Fair point and the same goes for Mbemba.

    • Guest 2

      34 games in his first season (all competitions) and hardly a roaring success. People expected more from him when we were relegated. He didn’t produce there either so how was he meant to be given more minutes?

  • Wor Lass

    I`m glad he`s staying. I must say, if selling him had resulted in us buying a top quality PL goal scorer then I would have been for it but we would only get enough from him to buy a player of similar standard. Why not stick with a guy who clearly has potential, as shown by his international record, and who genuinely loves the club and the fans. A lot is made of his temperament but most of that came from his first few games when he wasn`t PL match-fit and was trying too hard to impress. If he could just convert more of his chances he could become a real asset.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Love to see it happen but I imagine those wages would allow Batsuayi to come in on loan.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Another donkey. Don’t want him no way.

    • Geordiegiants

      But he can’t, that’s the problems

  • Marra

    We need to get rid of jonjo how many times is the team going to suffer when he sees red still not learned

  • anyobrien

    Decent squad member who has potential. There is a footballer in there somewhere and rafa is the man to make him that footballer.

    • Albert Stubbins

      How many more relegations would we endure before mitro finds his level. Alan shoulder was a better striker and he came from non league.

      • anyobrien

        Blyth… Done a job though

        • Albert Stubbins

          I know. I seen him do it. He was signed after Blythe famous faces cup run. He was far better than mitro. So was Billy whitehurst. Sad but true.

          • anyobrien

            Whitehurst was pony… Ffs

          • Albert Stubbins

            I know.  And he was still better than mitro ffs.

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          • anyobrien

            No he wasn’t ffs Bobby shinton was though.

  • Marra

    He is a brilliant player but his temper lets him down and other teams know that I think he would be the perfect sub for us because he can change a game

    • Guest 2

      Brilliant? Based on what exactly? He’s been used mostly as a sub and he still proves to be ineffective.

    • Geordiegiants

      Brilliant player ???????
      Brilliant players would be snapped up in a heart beat from other prem clubs.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Brilliant. Lol. Ask rafa if he thinks he’s brilliant and he d question your sanity.

  • 1957

    Without getting a good price for Mitrovic we would struggle to get a replacement given our lack of resources, so you have to agree with Benitez stance. In the present market we should look for £15m to £18m for Mitrovic based on his international performance.

    Benitez would probably sell any of our players for what he considers the right price, that there are no takers says a lot.

    • Geordiegiants

      The problem is, he is only worth 15m in the premier league, other countries don’t have our money, and he isn’t good enough for the premier league.

      • HarryHype59

        Last season he was a Championship squad player who scored four goals. Who will pay 15m for him and match his wages on that form?

        • Geordiegiants

          No body. It’s a case of offload him or pay his wages, a bit like most of our squad.

  • Colin Brumwell

    Why not actually play him ,he could hardly have been worse than Gayle and Perez were against Spurs ,he scored 9 goals last time we were in the Premier league

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Disagree. Gayle and Perez had to work to a set game plan which was on the break do Spurs when they were frustrated and their were signs of it working until Shelvey reacted. Then throw in the fact we had 1 subsitution left at the red card moment. Mitrovic just doesnt offer enough mobility and options on the pitch for Rafa.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        He is exactly what a team like Newcastle need who are going to be struggling.
        He is good in the air and all the battling sides who have scrapped their way to staying up use a big target man.
        Mitrovic has never been utilized enough since he came to Newcastle and they have not bombarded crosses into the box which can lead to trouble for the opposition.

        • TheFatController

          Bring back Shola!

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Ayoze Perez is an absolute waste of space !

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Exactly Colin !, An aerial threat would have at least gave them something to worry about.

      • Geordiegiants

        His heed is like a fiftypence peice man!

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Quite frankly it was never going to be anything other than a struggle. Hes getting paid a lot for not a lot.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Regardless of what people think of him he deserves a chance based on his pre-season form.

    • Geordiegiants

      How many chances does he want? He isn’t good enough, have ever heard of the saying, flogging a dead horse?

    • HarryHype59

      If Rafa varied the tactics and went with two up front, Mitro could come good. With this infernal lone striker obsession, Mitro is never going to play.

  • Kevin Brown

    Look we have a big target man, Joselu, mito isn’t going to get any chances soon, Rafa for some reason doesn’t think he’s good enough, so we have to give Joselu his chance and hope he bangs in the goals,

  • Albert Stubbins

    That’s because most managers that have scouted him see a player who looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights whenever he receives the ball. It was clear to everybody that the early stories about us rejecting 14 million were untrue. In reality we would take half that for a player that rafa has sussed out quicker than most. A liability in football terms. Shame because he clearly adores the club and fans alike. What would Ferguson have done with him I say to all the people whose heart rules their heads. He would have been away after half a dozen games. Imo.

  • HarryHype59

    For a reputed 14m plus player he looks poor. He looked like a rough diamond in his first season, but has gone backwards under Rafa. The lone striker role doesn’t suit him. If the manager varied the tactics and played two up front he may do better!

    Transfermarkt value him at 8m, which is about right. The problem is be is reputedly on £60k a week. No potential buying club will match his contract!

    Like so many other toxic assets, we are stuck with him.