A bit of a depressing update on Saturday afternoon.

The Chronicle reporting  that Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to be sold for around that much talked about £20m figure.

However…they say that their information is that Rafa Benitez will only get a small proportion of the sale price to invest in the player(s) he wants to bring in.

The report saying that Mike Ashley is once again insisting on the transfer fee being paid over a number of instalments, with only a fraction of it paid up front.

Previous transfer windows had seen similar situations, with indeed Rafa Benitez said to have refused to sell unwanted players because there was little point, as the NUFC owner would give only a small proportion of any sale price to strengthen his squad in that same window.

Whilst Mitrovic looks all but certain to go this time, it is a bizarre and baffling situation.

Every other club tries to put together as big a transfer pot as possible for their manager, whilst Mike Ashley does the opposite with Rafa Benitez.

There were claims in June that Ashley was refusing to give his manager any transfer funds until he (Rafa) signed an extension to his current NUFC contract.

That seemed far-fetched at the time and just yet another made-up media story.

However, with less than three weeks to go until the transfer window closes and currently Newcastle in a profit in this window, it seems a lot more real.

Claims of Newcastle supposedly bidding over £20m for Alassane Plea the other week sounded unlikely at the time and now look laughable.

Interesting to see what happens with incoming transfers when/if Aleksandar Mitrovic does finally depart.

As for Salomon Rondon, he might have a £16.5m release clause but the fact that nobody has so far triggered it AND he turns 29 in September, tells me he will cost considerably less than that £16.5m release figure.

The Chronicle:

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s midweek return from holiday should coincide with Fulham tying up a deal worth in the region of £20million for the striker.

‘But it’s understood that any fee may be paid in instalments, which means it will not all be available to boss Benitez to strengthen a squad that he feels needs to be beefed up before the August 9 deadline.

‘That will be a frustration to Benitez but he was aware of that way Newcastle do business and that is why Rondon – available at a cut-price £16.5million due to a release clause in his contract – is near the top of his hitlist.’



  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Buying up front and selling in instalments means the manager never has access to a balanced transfer budget. Fatty is just willy waggling to show who’s boss, as this has zero logic as a business model.

    • Steve Smith

      He would do under a normal manager as he’d have installments coming in from multiple sales over the past few years.

      The difference is that our owner gives the manager the first instalment then hopes the remaining 3 or 4 get forgotten about.

    • Ram Kishore

      I just read the article it says the fee for Mitro will be paid in instalments and not Nufc demanding the 20 million in instalments..There is a difference which I felt ..
      Jackie has twisted the words ..
      I think if we are buying anyone this summer its gonna be instalments too because of the way transfer window is panning out

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        This would be a complete change in how the club has apparently done transfers in the past – unless its all disinformation

        • Ram Kishore

          Nothing is really communicated on many issues from clubs management..
          That really frustrates me..
          Most of our buys since Ashley took over has been for sums less than 15 million i think those sums are less compared to our big money sales.. unless we have someone working in the club we will have no idea of our policies but jus media reports or our understanding from clubs annual accounts

  • Paul Patterson

    I’d like to see some people put a positive spin on this possibility. Helping rivals but sabotaging our own chances. Unbelievable!

  • joe mac

    looks like the end game is in sight…fatso engineering rafas exit!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He insists on selling players on the drip so that he doesn`t have to give Rafa every “PENNY”

    • Ram Kishore

      Moose i think it’s Fulham which would want to pay in installments not us demanding.
      Because the chronicle just reported it will be paid in installments but explanation by jackie seems like Ashley demanding instalments. i am defending Ashley here i am just pointing out the manipulation..

      • HarryHype59

        There is nothing wrong with selling players on staggered players IF the club allows this for players being signed. Fatso, isn’t doing this.

        His insistence that incoming players are bought outright acts as an artificial glass ceiling for transfer fees. It massively handicaps our club.

        • Ram Kishore

          If that is one of our policies it hampers Rafa a lot. Only our big sales are in staggered payments which was revealed in accounts..
          No other deals like our buys or our other sales’ details have been revealed .. its totally impossible to speculate rightly about anything happening at the club except fr the inside employees.of our club
          But last year Rafa wanted to buy Florian lejeune on structured payments from Eibar because he found out he was having less budget but Eibar was the one who demanded full upfront payment ..
          This was reported in Spain and Ig someone from here confirmed it too.
          It was Mark potter if I am right
          All these are just my understanding from media reports of which some i believe to be true and some as just speculation

  • Dave Pattinson

    Its not too long ago that Moyes was vilified by everyone for telling it like it is when he predicted a season-long struggle against the drop for our neighbours. Turned out he was right. Rafa’s done the same thing this week. Can”t actually believe that Ashley chooses to ignore Rafa’s warning and is not investing in the team. Shows how much the man despises us.

    • Phildene

      Ashley’s only in it for OUR money-nothing else! pure unadulterated greed big time!!!

      To be honest we’re now hoping everything turns sour for the fat man and that this club goes down and down as it’ll be the only way to get rid as no incoming revenue. And thats coming from a nufc supporter who’s as sick as everyone else.

  • Billmag

    There is absolutely no justification for Ashley to do this other than to undermine Rafa, the Fulham owner has reputedly got more money than fatty so why would you ask them to pay instalments. This has gone way beyond balancing the so called books it’s a crime against the world wide support of this great club and he should be investigated by the FA for failing it’s customers.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He does it with intent, the Guy`s a Scumbag

      • Billmag

        Correct but someone somehow needs to stop him from destroying this club.

        • Peaky

          Someone needs to go in and investigate where every single penny is going to and accounted for because this club is now really teetering on the brink and the fat cu*t does not give a fuckinghoot….

    • Phildene

      It seems none of the authorities want to know which makes it worse! he should be taken to court for theft of £m’s of NUFC money.

    • Desree

      I would also question why the deal is happening two weeks before the deadline?
      Fulham have been signing players for weeks.
      Is it purely to deny Rafa time to buy a replacement?

  • magpie0722

    Rondons value has dropped from £13 million last week to £11.7. Three weeks time West Brom will be paying us to take him off their hands, can’t see them paying him £60,000 a week to play in the championship. Good old Mike he knows how to get value for money.

    • Clarko

      ‘Rondons value has dropped from £13 million last week to £11.7.’

      And what’s that based on?

      • TheNutJob

        Earth to Clarko, rumour has it Gayle going to WBA with some dosh

        • Clarko

          Yeah, you still can’t seem to read.

          • TheNutJob

            Oh i can, i can also tell a dummy, that`ll be you

          • Clarko

            ‘i can also tell a dummy’

          • JonMag

            You can [email protected]@k off as well Rocket Man

        • 1957

          That would make sense send our low scoring striker to WBA and pay them extra to take a highish earning, low scoring striker off their hands… only in an Ashley world

  • Paul Cannell

    Finishing 4th bottom spending as little money as possible is still the fat slugs target, just like every other season. What is the point of supporting Newcastle United when this is his policy.

  • Tony English

    If Mitro goes….if Ashley makes money available….if…if…if…

    ….hopefully the Rondon story is wide of the mark.

    Personally I would hope a player like Lucas Perez is looked at again, he’s 29 like Rondon and had a tough time of late, but he maybe would like to play for a fellow Spaniard and finally make a mark on the prem, which he won’t do at Arsenal.

    He harries defences, brings in other players, creates and can finish, exactly the job Rafa wants our front man to do…and probably available for sub £12m.

    • 1957

      Perez is certainly no worse than Rondon but take out his 25 goals in 44 in the Spanish second division, he’s hardly prolific. 50 goals in 189 is ok for a second striker but not enough as the main man… sadly in Ashley’s world it probably all we can expect

      • Tony English

        I think his creativity and pressing in that position suit the shape Rafa wants to play, those qualities plus a goal every 3 or 4 games is the best our budget COULD stretch to…unless a gem is unearthed. He maybe needs a run in a side to show his worth…he is never going to get that at Arsenal, he’s probably about 9th choice for those front two positions.

        I really rate Schurle too..those two would make a big difference to us…player sales this pre season could cover these two…but they are both pushing thirty and it won’t happen.

        • csh

          Perez has previously been a target of ours but at the time Fatso wouldn’t release the funds to make a deal happen (sound familiar?) I recall reading the Arsenal fans’ view on Perez and most of them rated him. Would be a massive upgrade on what we have.

          • Tony English

            He would be…and he’s there for the taking if someone can convince him.

  • Geordie Cruyff

    What do people expect though? If we are getting it in installments we won’t have the full 20 million to spend. It’s not rocket science man. The 10 million we got for Merino paid for Kennedys loan fee and Kys signing on fee and wages. The Mitrovic money will go towards a striker. Rafa won’t commit. What are we supposed to do? Blow money on a managers players who won’t be here next year? Stop being so negative man, we aren’t PSG.

    • JonMag

      Take a hike you stupid C nut, go [email protected]@king troll elsewhere with your dozen alias

      • Geordie Cruyff

        You plastics are so easy to predict. How am I troll? Because I have a different opinion to you? It’s facts mate. You need to stop dreaming son. I’m a real fan, unlike you being negative for the sake of it. Go to a game and get behind the club!

        • Paul Patterson

          Buffoon.

        • KRS1

          Why do you keep calling people mate, they aren’t your mate, they think you are a kn#b.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            I’m not really bothered what plastic fans think.

          • JonMag

            you still here you [email protected]@king pr1k, you`ve been sussed you idiot now p1$$ off

        • Toon Barmy

          There is nothing positive about blind loyalty.

    • Superdooperhooper

      Why does ashley insist on staggered payments ? And where’s the money gone from the payments for sissoko and winjaldum?

      • TheNutJob

        he`s a troll

        • KRS1

          What have we done to deserve footballs worst owner and a never ending stream of trolls.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            What trolls? Because we aren’t negative all the time. I’ve said nothing that isn’t true. Go to games, stop whinging all the time

          • KRS1

            F##k off pri#k

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Truth hurts doesn’t son. Soon as someone points out facts all you negative plastic fans can’t stand it

          • Westdentoon

            It because you come across as a condescending tw#t that you get so much hostility…son

        • Geordie Cruyff

          Is that your answer for anyone who doesn’t have his head in the clouds like you? I deal in facts mate, not conspiracy theories like Ashley wants to destroy us.

      • Peaky

        Exactly…where indeed…..the fatcunt is a criminal…

      • Phildene

        The money has in all probability gone into either/both St James Holdings- Masholdings for Ashley use-NOT the clubs! Think the staggered payments have something to do with tax or just to make the books read nil for spending.

        He’s been using the clubs money for personal gain ever since he came here. It’s the same with the clubs shop-it goes straight to SD-check receipts. that money belong to the club only and should go to the club only-Not Ashley! that, along with the end of season league placings should be given to Rafa as’ All monies generated by the club’, but its not. Ashley is thieving it big time.

        • Wezza

          Spot on I’ve been saying it for years that he has made hundreds of millions from us. I’m sure the truth may come out at some point.

    • Big Hairy Man

      You sir are a [email protected]@king 🔔🔚

      • Geordie Cruyff

        Hahaha I bet you don’t even go to games either. If you don’t go your opinion is irrelevant son. Keep thinking the club owes you something. Stop whinging and face facts.

        • Paul Patterson

          “If you don’t go your opinion is irrelevant son.”
          Crossed the line there. So house bound fans, exiles, people who can’t afford it and people who want to wish the team well aren’t worthy? Idiot.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            As I said before I’m not having a go at people who can’t go, it’s the vast majority of people on here who take the p*as out of people for going. Saying stuff like “you are part of the problem” and that we are “sheep” that’s what gets on my nerves. I’ve never had an issue with anyone until I started reading stuff like that

        • KRS1

          Your language is very southern sounding, are you a cockney

          • Paul Patterson

            “If you don’t go your opinion is irrelevant son.”
            Mike Ashley doesn’t go either and his opinion is irrelevant as well.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Aye but he owns the club so his opinion is paramount really

          • Geordie Cruyff

            You tinfoil lot are hilarious. One thought I was a manc before, now I’m a cockney? Born and bred in newcastle. Been to more games than you’ve had wa*ks son

          • Paul Patterson

            So you’re the mackem turnstile operator who I keep seeing when I enter the ground..

        • csh

          I used to be a regular at SJP, was born within spitting distance of it. Due to moving away and having a family I can’t get any more – am I a plastic fan? You sir are a class A tool.

      • JonMag

        He`s a troll block the idiot

        • Big Hairy Man

          Looks like he’s blocked himself. He’ll be making a new user ID as we speak.

    • Billmag

      No and we are not Huddersfield, West Ham, Burnley, Brighton, Fulham, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Wolves and the rest of them that are leaving us behind.

      • Superdooperhooper

        Yep you have to spend serious money in this league just to stand still . If that lot finish above us we’re down for certain

        • Geordie Cruyff

          Everton and Palace have spent nowt.

          • KRS1

            Everton are just about to spend £50m on a striker you cu#t

          • Geordie Cruyff

            50 million for him is stupid. To be honest I’m glad we aren’t blowing money like that. You are a thick c*nt if you think otherwise son

          • KRS1

            Son?? Are you ray winstone

  • KRS1

    If Ashley or Penfold ever dare set foot in SJP again they need to face a volley of verbal abuse followed by a wave of coins at their heads.

    • Peaky

      Good thinking but he would just pocket the coins…..

      • Big Hairy Man

        It’s raining cash. Lovely Jubbly!

    • Mike

      gregs pasties?

      • KRS1

        With razor blades in, so when the fat c#nt eats them he bleeds to death

    • paul mclaughlan

      Ashley will have an open bag to catch those precious coins.

      • nufcslf

        Very good.

  • Leicester Mag

    When will the penny drop that this a cynical and calculated policy aimed to deflate revenue to make a loss. All about tax nothing at all about the team. It’s incomprehensible that people can’t see this and still await some kind of Damacian moment. Goebbels once said that after a while the truth becomes irrelevant. That point was crossed years ago at this excuse for a club

    • KRS1

      I met Goebbels in a lift in Argentina last week. He said I don’t why I have such a bad reputation, if you want to see true evil look at Mike Ashley

      • Big Hairy Man

        Was Monkfish Mugpie in the lift as well?

        • KRS1

          Mongseaton Mudpie was there alright, he loves a lift!

    • Ben Jones

      And if it was thats good?

      I’ve come to the conclusion that fans like you want EVERYTHING done the least efficient and most costly way.

      I long for the day all of you have left and taken your bile with you

  • Peaky

    🐷💩🐷💩🐷 OOT OOT OOT
    🤓💩🤓💩🤓 OOT OOT OOT

  • Pc07

    Just don’t know what more had to happen for fans to take action. See fans across Europe host mass protests for much less. This nonsense has gone on for 11 years because of the lack of action taken by fans.

    • nufcslf

      Sheep with no direction other than a canny day oot. Too stupid to realize it is f**king anything to do with football by going to matches and backing the fat c** t all the way to the bank and beyond. Every season from here on in while fatty is taking the pysh could be cancelled for all I care.

  • Big Hairy Man

    If, as was reported when Rafa signed his current contract he has the final say on transfers in and out he should block the sale unless the full transfer fee is made available to strengthen. If he doesn’t have the final say then expect Fatty’s helicopter pilot to be working overtime on transfer deadline day.

  • Paul Patterson

    Lots of comments deleted below.
    Funny when people’s arguments don’t stack up..

    • Superdooperhooper

      Monkseaton has been conspicuous by absence lately
      Hasn’t replied to any of my posts to him

      • Dillon Tovak

        He’s got a new pseudonym.

  • nevfur

    Is it beyond comprehension that if we sell for £20M at £4M per year maybe we could buy for £20M at £4M per year. Rocket Science

    • Superdooperhooper

      Oh come on! You’re obviously not a greedy fat tory tax dodger are you?

    • Tony English

      If he ran his shops like he runs the club, he’d refuse to invest in stock until the shelves were empty…he doesn’t do that, so he does understand cash flow….his actions are wilful.

      He also understands how to make a mint from being a bargain basement market trader…that’s all we’ll even be with him….unless he see’s the light and backs Rafa.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Absolutely mind bogglingly correct…..

  • scumtest

    I’m so tired of our owner and his spiteful ways, please let us have our club back and enjoy the sport as it’s supposed to be.

  • Wezza

    Like we didn’t know this would be the case. Just incomprehensible spite and greed. I can’t see any logic in installments. We’ve sold Merino for 10m or was that installments too? We got 10M from the installments from Sissoko and Wijnaldum.
    Staggering.

    • Wor Lass

      Yes, paying by installments is staggering!

      • Ben Jones

        Wasted in here comments like that

        • Wor Lass

          Strawberries to a pig! Still, it`s good to know someone appreciated it.

  • Mrkgw

    If Rafa sancions the sale of Mitrovic then it is a definite case of foolishness. I like Rafa, of course, but surely even the biggest critic of Mitro can see that we are better with him than without. That is, given that the regime won’t release cash for a replacement.

    • Wor Lass

      I agree with you in spirit but we would only be better off with him if he was ever played.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Whether or not Rafa wants him he will have no say in sanctions…

  • Foggy

    Pity ashley couldn’t get hit by a bus. What more is there left to say other than what’s been said?

  • HarryHype59

    This is why I want Mitro to to stay. Rafa will be lucky to get £4m of the £20m fee this year. Fatso’s refusal to buy players on staggered terms creates an artificial glass ceiling, that prevents better players being signed.

    Ashley, is choking the life out of this club!

    • mactoon

      The club has changed that policy now and pays for incoming players in instalments but it was a problem in past seasons.

      • HarryHype59

        What’s your source regarding the way this club pays for incoming players? Last season signings had the feel of players being bought out right.

        • mactoon

          I did read about it somewhere but in the club accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 (last filed at Companies House) state:
          “25 Contingent Liabilities
          Under the terms of certain contracts for the signing of players, additional amounts may become payable to other football clubs. The maximum unprovided liability which may arise in respect of these players at 30 June 2017 is £3,871,000”

          Also from the Chronicle in May 2018:

          “Once the fees Newcastle themselves have agreed to pay in instalments for incoming players are taken into account, the Magpies are still due £36m net on player sales over the next few years.
          That is because, as of July 2017, United themselves still owed other club £25m in transfer fees for incoming players.”

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      “refusal to buy players on staggered terms” on what basis do you make that statement? It may have been the preferred strategy to get a good deal when we were cash rich but as I understand it, all our purchases since the summer of 2016 have been in instalments.

      The accounts certainly point to an increase in football creditors.

  • mactoon

    It’s common practice amongst clubs to pay transfer fees in instalments. To be honest if we could get rid of all the players Rafa deems surplus to requirements AND Ashley allows the first instalments to be spent during this window that would be a start but it’s being left too late. The real problem is the lack of a transfer kitty.

  • James

    Unbelievable

  • Martin

    Why would Ashley want £20 million paid in instalments rather than trousering the cash all at once? It sounds like that is what Fulham are offering which is pretty usual.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Yes, NUFC used to use their cash-rich status as a bargaining chip but nearly all payments are in stages.

      What this sale doe sis give NUFC the ability to match their payments off against the receipts and free up a high wage earner.