Rafa Benitez has no chance of signing three top transfer targets according to Sky Sports.

Ahead of the January transfer window, the Newcastle boss stated that as a starting point he expected the money that had been promised in the summer but which wasn’t forthcoming, would now be available to spend.

Rafa having had early transfer targets lined up at the beginning of the summer transfer window which were blocked by Mike Ashley, with the experienced manager believed to have done the same for January, trying to get players in as soon as possible to help in crucial matches. A vital relegation clash with Swansea on Saturday (13 January) a prime example.

However, at the weekend Rafa Benitez revealed that he still hadn’t even been told what transfer budget, if any, he had to spend this January.

Keith Downie is the Sky Sports man who covers Newcastle United and he says that three targets that the United boss had identified, will definitely not be coming to St James Park.

Speaking to the Sky Sports transfer talk podcast, Keith Downie said:

“Rafa Benitez has looked at David Luiz this window.

“He would like to bring him in on loan until the end of the season but there is no chance of that happening.

“He would also like to bring in Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool, or Danny Ings, but these are not going to happen.

“For one they (Newcastle United) can’t afford it, and two, he hasn’t even been told the (January transfer window) budget.”



  • TheNutJob

    the transfer budget = the amount in from transfers, if any.
    takeover cancelled, Rafa forced out, Fatty still here with another minion manager.
    the Pie Man is working his ticket

    • Mike

      and the club valued the same as the Mackems

    • Jezza

      All of that is precisely what I have expected all along.

  • robbersdog

    Good morning campers – it’s a new day, same old sh*t from the toxic Ashley regime.

  • Wor Lass

    David Luiz – you`re having a laugh!

  • Peter Stabler

    David Luiz is both very talented and totally indisciplined, I can’t think of a more unRafa type player, remember the semi when the Germans tore the Brazilians a new one – he was all over.

  • Blackburn1066

    Old news rehash, move on

  • Rich Lawson

    If there’s no budget known after a week of the window being open let’s just assume there isn’t one and we play on with this squad.Any loan signings would be a pleasant surprise now.

  • Paul Patterson

    Should’ve just said ‘Rafa doesn’t know his transfer budget’ that would’ve been enough . .

  • Paul Busby

    “can’t afford it”
    “Rafa doesn’t know his budget”

    So sky do know his budget?

  • Kneebotherm8

    Mike’s treated Benitez like a mushroom from the day he was appointed……🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄………………..fed fulla sht and kept in the dark…….🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄……………………….Go forth and mutiply,Mike Ashley, ASAP