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.

The Mirror:

‘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.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    £20m gets you 3 more Joselu`s & a SloMo

    • Kneebotherm8

      Exactly what I was thinking before I read your post,its gonna be a long hard season if this is true.

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed, if Fatty won’t allow players to be brought in on staggered payments, this onus has to be on quality not quantity!

      • Jezza

        Seems to me that Fatso won’t allow players to be bought at all. It says everything when £20 million/three players is considered unrealistic. That kind of investment is more or less neglible for the other 19 Premiership clubs. In fact the likes of Man City and Chelsea would think nothing of paying out £20 million for three teenagers with potential.

  • HarryHype59

    I cannot fathom why Fatman doesn’t allow Rafa to bring in £80m of players and stagger the payments over four years! That’s what every other club does! That way quality players are brought in who appreciate in value!

    • Jezza

      Especially when there is still £30 million left over from the summer 2016 transfer profit before you even think about the television money. Trouble is Fatso prefers to syphon all that money into his own personal pocket and/or his core sweatshop business.

      • nufcslf

        Other than already knowing what the fat get is capable of, I still don’t see why he didn’t allow available money to be spent in the summer and the sale of something he has no interest in would have been completed by now. I have absolutely no respect for the bloke whether he stays or goes, but I am gob smacked as to why he is dragging this way out no matter how greedy he is. Future simply holds nothing but releagation and down from there. Welcome to the modern world, I suppose.

    • mentalman

      if he staggered payments then the debt would go up and the reddies he gets in his hand from the sale goes down

      • HarryHype59

        Fair point but the “debt”is to him! He will get less, but is safe guarding the TV income and increasing the equity in the squad!

  • BillytheFish

    £20m for 3 players??? Good luck with that….NUFC either needs to invest heavily in the squad or we just settle into Championship life…

  • HTL

    I wonder if this is more of Mr Bishop’s work?

  • Peaky Magpie

    If Fatso is still around and Rafa manages to avoid relegation the massive tv money will start landing,will he still want to sell ? I doubt it,syphon the funds off to The Cayman Islands time I bet.

  • magpiefifer

    Barring a miracle,this scenario has disaster written all over it!
    As ever, Ashley will not be realistic and fund some QUALITY signings,and given the squad’s weakness in depth it will result in only one thing – another relegation.
    Oh for a miracle!!!!!!!!

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t see the need for a new goalkeeper, a new number 10 would be nice, but a left back and striker are priority.

  • Peter Stabler

    This situation is crying out for loan deals on the best players available on high wages for the players Rafa thinks he needs. From here it looks like a no9, a no 10, a LB and a GK in that order. We need a short term fix in the short term to buy us time to do the long term considered deals in the Summer.

  • Rich Lawson

    The biggest problem remains scoring goals,just supposing he actually gets £20 mil’,buy a proven Prem’ scorer with the lot and once the goals flow the confidence will spread through the rest of the current 1st team ?

  • robbersdog

    We MUST sign a proven goalscorer if we want to avoid relegation. If there’s only £20m (plus what’s generated by selling players) to spend, then it should be spent on a decent centre-forward (Cenk Tosun?), and not p*ssed away on three or four mediocre players like Joselu, Manquillo, Gamez etc etc.

    Our goalkeepers/defence can just about pass muster, our midfield of Hayden, Shelvey and Merino is adequate – likewise our wide players like Ritchie, Murphy and Atsu, but we’re desperately short of strikers who can hack it at this level.

    • HarryHype59

      Let’s hope Rafa agrees with you! The focus has to be on quality rather than quantity! Please no more shirt fillers!