Rafa Benitez has given us some background to the transfer market this summer and what Newcastle need to do.
Newcastle hadn’t made any offers to buy new players until some six weeks into the transfer window.
However, the last fortnight has seen widespread reports of NUFC putting offers in for some of Rafa’s targets BUT amidst claims that these bids have been below the asking prices.
So currently, we only have free transfer Ki Sung-yueng and Martin Dubravka with his buying clause activated. A loan deal for Kenedy also now imminent.
However, if Newcastle are to land his major targets, Rafa Benitez explains ‘It’s just to be sure when you go for a player, that you make sure you sign him. You don’t want to waste time, so you know more or less (what is needed to sign a player) then you go and (do it) that’s it.’
As for the earlier than usual cut-off point in this transfer window, the United boss says this is a red herring.
That it’s not an issue ‘If you are ready and do what have to do’ to sign players that you want.
The clear implication of course is that when Newcastle have made bids for players in recent weeks, they are falling short and not doing ‘what you have to do.’
The final 34 days of last summer’s transfer window saw only Joselu arrive.
If there is any repeat of that failure to support the manager properly, then we are looking at a real struggle ahead.
In Rafa we do indeed trust but he can’t do it all with minimal support.
“We can’t talk about players (I’d like to sign) at the moment.
“We’re just working, trying to get closer to some players.
“It depends on so many things and we can’t say too much.
“It is difficult because the prices have gone very high for everyone.
“Some people say the (earlier than previous seasons) deadline is the problem…it is not.
“If you are ready and you do what you have to do, there is plenty of time.
“It’s just to be sure when you go for a player, that you make sure you sign him.
“You don’t want to waste time, so you know more or less (what is needed to sign a player) then you go and (do it) that’s it.”