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.

Rafa Benitez:

 “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.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    There has been NO bids, as far as Plea is concerned his club Nice have stated
    No club has made an official bid for Plea.
    more bullshit from the media

    • MetalMickey

      Poor journos these days, don’t know how to write a column without copy and paste. Would love an exact figure of just how many “exclusives” this closed season alone, have come straight from some spotty teen’s in the know blog.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        it`s pathetic, they make things up as they go along

        • Rich Lawson

          When was the last time you saw an article that was really incisive with proper views that went against the ”popular” opinion and you thought you’ve hit the nail on the head there pal ?

    • Wezza

      Ha. Well we all could smell the rat with the said bid being made on season ticket deadline day!
      Honestly this regime!
      Does any other club use PR to fool the local and national media and troll its fans?

    • Leicester Mag

      Spot on only comment is that you have to wonder what role the club plays in this

  • ghostrider

    Wasting time is one thing but it depends on who thinks the time is wasted or whether the time is being spent making sure we don’t get ripped off..regardless of a manager who is NOT paying the bills wanting deals done, at any cost, it might appear.

    • Ram Kishore

      It’s important to make sure we dont get ripped off..
      But it’s also important for a manager to have atleast few of his few of his first team target lined up soon..
      I think the bid for Plea was made by us and we have matched the valuation but the player preferred the Bundesliga club and not us isn’t surprising because of our recent issues with French players like Hatem, Thauvin, and few others..It’s just a cautious decision by the player himself.. Many french players have had some difficulties in PL..

      I disagree with your second opinion..
      It’s the club’s duty to get the deals done and pay..
      Because at the end of the day the player doesn’t belong to Rafa but to the club.
      The manager isn’t ripping the club off and i do know the owner isn’t too..

      • ghostrider

        The player may belong to the club and not to Rafa but if a player comes to a club because of Rafa, then the club could easily find themselves in a dodgy situation if Rafa were to leave or be in dispute with the club.

        I agree that it’s the club’s duty to get deals done and pay sorted, but again, it has to be right for the club, not just right because it suits the spending chart of the entire premier league.

        It’s called cutting your cloth accordingly and not using any club as any yardstick as some kind of stance on whether it’s classed as moving forward or not.

        We can argue all day and night on what price is deemed as forward movement or negative input, but there’s always two avenues to each.

        The higher priced player on high wages can potentially guarantee immediate positive build and the knock on effect can be enticement of equally likewise players because of that.
        However, the downside is in a player not doing well or becoming a kind of diva and who ends up as a basic mercenary giving little for much.

        The careful way which is deemed negative can actually end up being that or it can reap rewards with the right set up in terms of enhancement of the quality over a short time, which can then be positive on many grounds, in terms of monetary gain, yet little outlayed risk.

        The major issue with us fans is, we tend to think of Newcastle United as the big sleeping giant. The big loyal fan base and the big impressive stadium, as a one city, one club scenario that sort of gives us all a false sense of entitlement, even if we always rear up and deny it when called out on it.

        The reality is, that’s what we mostly think and that’s why we demand more….not to mention living on the past.

        It’s just the nature of the beast but the reality is also a case of, we aren’t in a position to go mental but are in a position to actually spend, which is what we’ll do, I believe.

        The major stumbling blocks are in Rafa’s contract and whether Ashley’s ownership has any long term value left, or whether new owners are on the horizon.
        These things can also leave us teetering on the edge of the spending in terms of deep or shallow dive.

        • Ram Kishore

          I don’t know whether it’s false sense of entitlement but us Newcastle fans or too be specific many fans on mag fail to be realistic and are in many ways fail to see many things

  • Your mum

    I think we need to be a bit more switched on here. Who goes to buy a house/ car etc and offers the full asking price in their first offer? I certainly don’t. Selling clubs know they are going to be knocked down anyway so they will set the price high. The irony on here is almost too much to handle, when Staveley made an offer for the club it was Ashleys fault that the asking price was so high, now the boot is on the other foot and it’s Ashley not meeting the asking price it’s his fault. You can’t have your cake and eat it chaps!

    It makes sense to go in a bit low, especially if it is a cash bid, we are talking millions here!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Nufc wants a Mansion in Darras Hall for the price of a flat in Byker

      • Rich Lawson

        Put me down for one too,is there a waiting list ?

    • HarryHype59

      The irony is, whilst this regime won’t pay the market rate for a quality player, it over pays for the cheap dross it signs. Sels, Murphy, the Hoss, Saivet, Hanley and numerous others are examples of this. This club overpaid for at least half the players it signed in the past few years.

      • panther

        Still think there’s time for Murphy to turn it around, he’s got something

    • Desree

      Intent. If you want the player you go in with a compelling offer to avoid an auction. Or you make a low offer and hope no one else is in the running.

      Given our strategy has never worked I suggest there is no intent to improve on last season.

      • Your mum

        So we didn’t get Sissoko, cabaye, demba ba etc on the cheap?

        • Desree

          Ba was free so no bid required. Sissoko was meant to be free but we bought out his last 6 months. Cabaye was on the cheap.

          • Your mum

            So I was right then?

          • Desree

            If it makes you feel better to be right. Even if Iam right I take no satisfaction in the total joke of a recruitment strategy since Mike Ashley took the reigns

  • HarryHype59

    It wouldn’t surprise me if NUFC generate a significant transfer profit in this window. Lascelles, Mitro and Richie will be sold for around £65m on staggered payments. Rafa will be given a fraction of this sum, resulting in freebies, loans and more bargain basement punts.

    Genuine fans will rightly ask, where’s the money gone?

    • Geordiegiants

      Bobbi will tell us it’s been genuinely spent. Then mugpie will tell us how wisely it was spent.

      • HarryHype59

        Bobbi will also claim Ashley had to loan the club more money as the £126m doesn’t cover costs.

        • Wezza

          They are the same person, ask Leazes.

  • MetalMickey

    A couple of things about this.
    Prices shot up last year, quite dramatically. Any MD worth his salt would have expected this to increase further this window. It’s basic economics ffs.
    Secondly, Chumley needs to pull his finger out and offer Lascelles a better contract with a huge buyout clause, £80m+ would be a sensible estimate for a couple of seasons at the going rate. Especially if we somehow managed to fluke some European action for the lads in 19/20.
    Its not a case of “the big guns” might come sniffing around with loads of cash to spend. It’s seemingly every club from the richest in the Championship up over, barring us!
    What happened with Merino is unforgivable and must never happen again, a £10m buyout shows that Chumley knows less about football than your average pet hamster!

    • Jimmy_toons

      Slightly unfair I think. I know who I’d trust more with the running of our club, and I’ve not seen one wearing glasses.

    • Mark Potter

      No, it shows that right from the start Merino has kept his options open. Release clauses aren’t entered in contracts by clubs buying a player, they are entered by the player to allow them to leave early. Merino probably wanted to go to Spain last summer, but Dortmund didn’t get a suitable offer, so he (reluctantly) signed for us. But soon after the deal was made permanent stories began circulating of a move to Spain, especially after Shelvey came back into the team.

      Charnley did offer Lascelles a new contract, and he accepted it, not very long ago. He is signed up to the club until 2023, with a wage that reflects his importance to the team and position as captain. Hopefully, there is NO release clause, so it doesn’t matter what clubs bid, they can’t try to force a transfer.

    • Ram Kishore

      Mark has pointed out exactly what I wanted to.
      It’s the players and sometimes the the club that buys the player includes the release clause..
      Townsend is another good example.. Demba ba..
      But we usually dont have release clause on our players..
      Most English club’s don’t.. even if they have ..They are pretty much undisclosed in all cases..
      Our signing of Mo Diame

  • Dillon Tovak

    He makes it sound so simple, yet Penfold and Fat Mike make it anything but.

    • Geordiegiants

      Exactly the same as Keegan said basically if you listen to him about the Hyppia and Modric deals.

  • Lewis Fu

    If the board brings Kenedy in on a permanent deal, I’m well-contented.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Are other clubs meeting our very reasonable prices for Sels , Mitro and Mbemba.
    No chance yet the fans want us to sell at a loss. Double standards. Over the last few years we have been left with two many players on big wages who cannot get in the team.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      and who`s that down to

    • Billmag

      Your mates go into these negotiations half hearted because there offers are a joke and laughed at by other clubs, they must hate spending money.

      • HarryHype59

        Ashley runs this club like a branch of one of his SD tat shops. He doesn’t want to spend money.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      All because of mike Ashley’s flawed transfer policy

    • Ram Kishore

      I do agree on the double standards shown by few fans while we are trying to sell few players

  • Andynufc

    Can imagine while Rafa was talking to Ashley about his ideas for nufc, Ashley would have been sitting, debating in his head what curry he was going to choose later. Rafa will never get the backing he wants because Ashley doesn’t have any footballing ambition.

  • I Think Therefore I Am

    Lol, did we not all just know this is one of their ploys to say help increase ‘whatever’ sales!?!

    You can just picture the scene; a club decides to sell a sort after player, that has already had plenty speculation.
    Say they price him at 25 million, this generates more interest, only for Newcastle and the astute Penfold to offer 12 million, they immediately roll out the Red carpet and immediately snap it up, no questions asked. As after all – its the great Newcastle United headed by the omniscient Penfold!
    (apologies, I’m having a bad morning 😨)

  • Soldier

    Ashley has no intention of spending to improve the squad is this or any other transfer window

    • Jezza

      100% correct. As always he has got zero intention of dipping into the club’s substantial profits to fund team strengthening.

  • TheNutJob

    nee dosh from the Fat Gringo.

  • Toon 83

    Rafa is right, the prices are high for everyone now. It’s the likes of Man City that have ruined it for everyone. The price of an average player Is ridiculous. Hopefully we’ll raise some funds and get a few more in. Keep the faith people

    • Jimmy_toons

      The price of players is sky high because there is more money in the game then ever before. Clubs with ambition to compete and succeed are spending more money and breaking transfer records to reflect this. Then there is NUFC. Sad but expect nothing less.

      • Toon 83

        I still think we’ll get a couple of good players in. Once Mitrovic goes that will free up space, wages and funds. If we can get Townsend as well as a striker that’s got to be a decent window if you ask me mate. Everton haven’t signed anyone yet

    • Soldier

      keep the faith 11 years in, get a life

      • Toon 83

        I bet you I’ve spent more money than most people on here supporting them over the last 20 years. Too many people on here thinking the club owe them something. I support them, I’m entitled to an opinion. People on here saying “don’t go to games, that’s what Ashley wants” don’t have the right to say anything or have an opinion

        • Soldier

          i doubt that, i spend on average over £700 a season on a ticket plus petrol from York and back for every home game.
          this season coming will be my last if Rafa leaves

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Thought you weren’t going this season so that’s good news.
            Better to get the train and have a few beers with the Yorkshire branch a good set of lads.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You sound like a tree with all these fictitious branches you mention

          • panther

            A bullshit tree

          • Billmag

            😀😀😀😀😀

          • Desree

            He is talking about the Mike Ashley party. Branches everywhere.

    • Jezza

      The funds are already there. Ashley has presided over the most profitable 11 years in the history of NUFC yet we have got a smaller transfer budget than most Championship clubs.

      • Billmag

        You’ve been missing a while Jezza you haven’t missed much mate, same club same owner, no progress after 11 years of Fatty and it’s just a vicious circle anyway nice to see you back on the forum.

        • Wezza

          It never will change under Ashley either.

        • Jezza

          Cheers, marra. Yes the very reason I haven’t been on here much during the summer is precisely because I knew there would be nothing happening.

      • FatParosite

        Hurrah Jezza is back….

      • I Think Therefore I Am

        Well said, but frustratingly, sadly majority of 52K peeps seem to believe such nonsense as we cannot compete with state owned clubs, ho hum, depressing.

        Sigh, I just want a club with ambition, and who’ll at least try, say in the cups :-(

    • Miraj Gibson

      I here Titus Bramble is available for 20 million pounds.

    • I Think Therefore I Am

      Lol, sorry seriously! Botfly Ashley’s perfect ticket holder 🙄
      Prices perhaps, maybe, might have a tiny bit, inflated just that little: because of the disgusting amount of monies flooding into, mainly this, but last X amount of seasons!?

      This means only 1 thing, Ashley Botfly is super duper happy, as he sure has duped the likes of your ilk, and he’s justified by this with likes of what you’ve stated – so doesn’t have to, but more importantly; can never ever afford a decent player, da ching da ching, thank you 🤢 🤮 😭

      I despair!

    • Ram Kishore

      I don’t think it’s city or Chelsea who’s to blame..
      Like Jimmy_toons just said..
      More money in the game and the popularity of EPL was growing way faster than other big league and I think City’s owners foresaw it or they just wanted to have their own ambitious football club or for some other reason

  • FatParosite

    Rafael is playing the game. He has a lucrative contract which is easily within the top 7 paid managers in the most lucrative league in the world. In the top 10 best paid managers in the world. Rafa is not rocking any boat that has that much money in it. This pay comes from a club that is not interested in getting any higher than 10th in any season. If you’re looking for reasons why he hasn’t walked yet then give that a bit of thought.

    • Mark Potter

      The club can afford to pay one of the top coaches in the world. One of the top coaches in the world wants to be here, as he sees the potential. He’s playing no game, any more than you don’t turn up for work on a Monday morning and tell the owner of the company you work for that he’s a cxxt. Some might call that being professional, but I prefer to consider that it is what normal people who are brought up to act politely do.

      • Soldier

        He sees the potential, not now he doesn`t or he would sign a new contract, you`ve either had a bang on the head or you need one,
        you`re as dim as a 20w light bulb

      • FatParosite

        Rafa has the evidence to front a constructive dismissal case however I’m sure you’re right about him being aware of the potential which is probably the only reason he hasn’t walked yet using said constructive dismissal. However don’t be fooled into thinking that Rafa somehow would stake his reputation or even his living wage against Ashley’s for the sake of a bigger transfer budget. Rafa is holding out knowing that potential suitors are more than likely to come knocking sooner than later & he can use this fact against Ashley who has much more to lose with that bet.

        • Ram Kishore

          Rafa doesn’t have anything to front a constructive dismissal case. It’s totally unnecessary to bring up something which u have no idea off.. This is actually a misinterpretation of what is actually happening at our club..
          Managers always demand better budget..
          If u really want another example last year u must have seen what Fulham’s manager Slavisa was demanding from his owner..The same thing demanding for better budget and flexibility in bringing his own players..

      • panther

        Pay a top class manager as its cheaper than buying good players

        • FatParosite

          Not only that it placates the idiots supporting your club.

          • Miraj Gibson

            Rafa is being paid what he deserves. If he was not at Newcastle, he would still be paid at the level of a World Class Manager, because his peers know his value. From that logic, he is correct to infer that NUFC cannot dictate the market price for players. Therefore it is only reasonable for a team to do its due diligence and identify the right player at the right price. If a competing club wants an exorbitant price for an average player, fine, just move on to the next realistic target; but, do not monkey about haggling for a deal that will never be consummated. Simple, logical and totally foreign to Mike Ashley. For the last decade, MA has used the transfer window as a public relations stunt rather than a methodology to build a viable team. He has a manager that commands international respect and has a deep knowledge of the modern game. If he would only trust this individual, he would not only placate the most idiotic fans but also add value to his investment.

          • Desree

            Clarko will be beside herself trying to counter this argument. Great comment Miraj.

      • Desree

        F#ck me. We get the ex coach of Real Madrid and we are moaning that he gets paid the same we paid Mickey Owen for doing rock all.

        Another member of the Mike Ashley party exposed?

    • Ram Kishore

      He’s just being a professional..

  • steve

    “Its 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 then you go and that’s it”
    Those quotes from Rafa could just as easily be talking about the deals we have completed rather than offers the media have fabricated.

    • Mark Potter

      He’s clearly talking about the deals he intends to complete between now and the window closing. There is no hint that any deals they intended to do this window have fallen through. He was asked specifically about the earlier closure of the window and whether he is concerned about deals getting done. He isn’t. Unlike last summer where he found his plans for Abraham fell through, and Kenedy dragged through to January because of Conte’s reluctance to let him go.

  • Mxpx

    You see rafa is making the false supposition is to actually sign said player in reality the purpose is just for penfold to say “were speaking to CLUB about the availability of PLAYER” I’m sure he knows the score

  • Desree

    How good was Perisic. Imminent bid of 30% below value?

  • nufcslf

    Without even reading this, is it a huge ‘Thanks Mike’ ……….you f**king rse hole……

    • Your mum

      You should read it then. That way you wouldn’t look like such an @rsehole

  • mactoon

    It’s the same old problem Rafa has been trying to change since he arrived. The club won’t match the selling club’s valuation ending up with any prospective deal falling through. It means Rafa will never get the players he wants and one of the reasons he won’t sign a new contract.