With now less than four weeks before the January transfer window opens, claims on Tuesday morning as to what Rafa Benitez is demanding to have available to him, no matter who is in charge at the club.
It is reported by that the Newcastle manager wants ‘at least £20m’ to be made available to buy players who can help ensure Newcastle don’t get relegated.
When the likes of Bournemouth spend £20m on one defender (Nathan Ake) it shows what a tough market Newcastle/Rafa are in, if the necessary squad strengthening is to happen.
Especially when The Mirror claim that Rafa Benitez hopes to bring in a new left-back, striker and number 10, plus maybe a goalkeeper as well.
Goals and creativity demand the highest prices, so difficult to see how Newcastle could conjure up an instant answer by buying players to improve the striker/number 10 positions, with such relatively small funds.
As we all know, Rafa gave Mike Ashley a £40m transfer profit in summer 2016 but despite that, was blocked from making any signings in January 2017 and only an £11.5m net spend this summer.
Even if Newcastle can shift the odd unwanted player such as Mitrovic, it is difficult to see sales adding a great deal to Rafa’s transfer funds, especially under Mike Ashley when there is no guarantee of anything positive happening at all.
Even if new owners do arrive in time to help with the January transfer window, it is probably a bit ambitious to think Newcastle could instantly buy themselves out of trouble.
Many of the problems that Rafa Benitez appeared to be faced with in the summer, came from a reluctance/refusal of Mike Ashley to pay significant cash for only short-term games. The club’s owner not wanting to pay money on older players on big wages such as goalkeeper Willy Caballero, or loan signings also on massive wages and a non-refundable large loan fee to be paid as well – as was the case with striker Tammy Abraham.
So for Newcastle to get better quality, it appears to me that by far the best/only chance of adding that in January would be a willingness to pay out a (relative) lot of cash now, in order to protect against potential relegation and both short and longer-term disaster. The issue further complicated by the potential takeover.
What is for sure is that Rafa Benitez needs some extra quality and for it to arrive as close to the start of the transfer window as possible.
‘Rafa Benitez will demand at least £20m to boost his Newcastle squad in January.
Benitez reckons he needs £20m to buy a new striker, No10 and left back, with goalkeeping options also being looked at.
However a proposed takeover is hampering Benitez making firm deals, as well as a reluctance to pay big wages.
Benitez is still spending much of his afternoons in talks with his contacts and is fully in touch with the European transfer market.’