Newcastle signings are what all fans hope to see very soon.
Obviously Rafa Benitez signing an extension would be by far the most encouraging news of ambition at the club…but failing, that getting the first one or two signings over the line would at least start to build some confidence.
Martin Dubravka is the most obvious one to happen quickly, with a bargain £4m price already agreed between the clubs before his loan spell, it would appear to be simply common sense for the keeper to be signed up as soon as possible.
We are already heading towards the end of the first week of the Summer Transfer Window and obviously daft for anybody to panic.
At the same time, Newcastle fans just want to see some proof, as early as possible, that Rafa Benitez is being allowed to target players at the necessary level.
That doesn’t mean money no object, or indeed that Newcastle have to break their 13 year old club transfer record, but Rafa has to have the backing to do so, if he sees fit.
The reality of course, is that it is very difficult to see Newcastle landing all of the better quality players that they need, unless that £16.8m Michael Owen transfer fee is bettered. Especially when it comes to bringing in the quality goalscorer the team is crying out for.
As well as the transfer fee, Michael Owen was paid £110,000 per week wages over the four years he was at Newcastle, massive money 13 years ago.
That was ridiculous, especially when he gave so little back, but it is equally ridiculous if fans now, and in particular Mike Ashley of course, don’t see that the reality these days is that you have to pay the going rate.
On Tuesday morning the Chronicle have published a piece, short on facts and a lot of conjecture, but still of some interest.
As well as saying Newcastle will be looking to clear a number of better paid players off the wage bill – Colback, Saivet, Mbemba and of course Mitrovic who is also set to leave, the report also points out that the club will have to be prepared to pay bigger wages, even potentially ‘more than £100,000’ (see below).
Newcastle paid £14m for Jonjo Shelvey back in January 2016, Ashley forced into a corner with relegation looming, so finally allowing the club to buy established Premier League players (Townsend bought for similar fee that month) on Premier League wages.
Shelvey is Newcastle’s best paid player on £80,000 a week and remember, this was the going rate for that level of Premier League signing two and a half years ago.
Of course the amounts of money players are paid these days is ridiculous but it is what it is. You either pay the going rate or else players don’t sign for you.
Newcastle can’t afford another summer of signing Joselus, Atsus and Manquillos.
Hopefully Rafa can find another one or two like Martin Dubravka who are value for money gems others don’t see BUT at the same time he has to be backed to buy at least two or three players who go beyond that Michael Owen transfer fee…and wages.
Kenedy would be a great start to that and who knows, we may even get him a little bit cheaper than that if NUFC go in bold now with a realistic offer.
Many of their targets will command big weekly wage bills with some players asking for more than £100,000 per week this summer.
Newcastle may not only have to break their transfer record of £16million – paid way back in 2005 for Michael Owen from Real Madrid – but also smash their own wage structure if they are going to be able to compete.
As it stands Jonjo Shelvey is Newcastle’s biggest earner on around £80,000 per week.