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Rafa Benitez gives Mike Ashley deadline on transfer budget

4 years ago

Rafa Benitez has gone another step further as he continues to spell out in public, what Mike Ashley needs to do to avoid disaster.

Previously, he has said this month that promises must be belatedly kept from what was said in the summer, that transfer cash Ashley promised the manager in that last window and in the end wasn’t forthcoming, must be made available in January.

Ahead of Everton, Rafa Benitez has once again talked about the January transfer window.

The United boss said in his press conference on Tuesday that it wasn’t ‘rocket science’ to understand that Newcastle needed new players to come in next month.

With less than three weeks to go until the window opens, the United boss has revealed that he still doesn’t know what, if any money, will be made available.

The newspapers are reporting that Mike Ashley has now returned from a trip to America and that things are now expected to move/be decided.

Rafa saying he needs to know as soon as possible what his transfer funds will be, whilst The Mail claim he has given Mike Ashley and his minions until Friday to be told what is happening.

With six games to play in the 19 days until the transfer window opens, it is ridiculous, but no surprise under this Mike Ashley ownership, for no coherent plan to have been agreed by now. Especially with Newcastle’s dismal run being compounded by all of the teams at the bottom now picking up points.

Ahead of the summer transfer window Rafa Benitez had his transfer targets lined up to be targeted immediately, as well as transfer budgets said to have been agreed, only for Mike Ashley to refuse to allow those early signings and the manager eventually left desperately shopping for bargain priced players in a very competitive market.

Rafa Benitez:

“What I would say is that if you know where you are (what transfer budget you have, if any…) and what you have, it is easier for me and it is easier for our people.

“We can talk with agents, players and clubs and say, ‘We are here’ and ‘We can’, or ‘We cannot’.

“It is easier.

“You know where you are and you can go in one direction or another one. You need to know as soon as possible.

“Now we need to concentrate on this game. Hopefully, we can finish this (Everton) game and talk. We have Arsenal in a few days, but still, we need to know because our people are travelling round the world watching games.

“We have our targets.

“I would say (we need to know our transfer budget) as soon as possible. That’s normal.

“You have to go to the market in January and have your targets. You need to know the budget. That is it.”


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