On Thursday morning, Sky Sports have given a ‘state of play’ update on the summer transfer window for each of the 20 Premier League clubs.

They won’t have needed very long to write up the Newcastle United one.

As you can see below, they have given the bare basics.

The £4m Dubravka purchase, as well as free transfer Ki Sung-yueng and loan signing Kenedy. As well as then Mikel Merino out for £10m and the likes of Haidara (and Gamez) released at the end of their contracts.

Sky Sports give ‘key rumours’ for each club and this sums up where we are at…despite being in profit so far this window, they say that the potential signing of Salamon Rondon for £16m can only happen if we sell Mitrovic beforehand, for more money.

Under ‘Where are we at’ for Newcastle United, they make reference to Rafa Benitez having to ‘wheel and deal’, as the manager revealed this week. ‘Wheel and deal’ is of course really just simply Mike Ashley has allowed the manager nothing to spend, so he has to sell players if he wants to buy anybody.

What exciting times we live in…

Sky Sports:

Summer transfer window state of play: Where each Premier League club stand ahead of new season

With just three weeks to go until the start of the new Premier League season, we take a look at how each club have fared so far in the transfer market.

For the first time, the summer window will shut for top-flight clubs before the opening match of the campaign kicks off when Manchester United host Leicester City, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Friday August 10.

That means there is not long to go for managers to bolster their squads and here is where the 20 Premier League sides currently stand with their transfer business…

Newcastle United:

Major ins:

Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, undisclosed), Ki Sung-yueng (free), Kenedy (Chelsea, loan)

Major outs:

Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Massadio Haidara (Lens, free)

Key rumours:

According to SSN, Newcastle have spoken to West Brom about signing Salomon Rondon, but are unlikely to meet the striker’s £16m release clause unless they sell forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Where are we at?

Rafael Benitez has admitted he must “wheel and deal” in this summer’s transfer market after bringing in Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng and Kenedy.

And skipper Jamaal Lascelles says he is concentrating on playing for the club next season, despite interest from West Ham.

  • gold coast mag

    same old story from the same perspective told the same way

  • TheNutJob

    Even when we sell Mitro the Fat Gringo won`t be paying out any £16m for Rondon
    no way Jose

    • Paul Patterson

      He’ll be loaned for the season.

      • TheNutJob

        he only has 1 yr left on his contract & that`s why they won`t loan him out

        • Paul Patterson

          I dunno. £5m as a loan fee, or nothing in twelve months and an unhappy player that you won’t play on your hands. Last day deadline deal in the making . .

          • TheNutJob

            West Spam have entered the room

  • Fireman Sam

    And where has the £120m TV money gone??

    • Paul Patterson

      In a bank, earning the owner interest by the day..

    • Big Hairy Man

      Deep in the bowels of MASH Holdings.

      • Leicester Mag

        That paints a scary image!

    • Wezza

      I’ve been saying this for ages, Ashley has taken it via one of his holdings accounts.
      Now the new revelations are out about having to wheel and deal despite 126M TV money and the every penny lie, and given Ashley’s reputation the only explanation is the one I’ve given.
      He has pocketed hundreds of millions from the club.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Must be no news today. Just a rehash of the same tired old story. The only news I want to hear is that Fatty’s helicopter has crashed with him in it and the pilot ejected safely.

    • Paul Patterson

      Surely if you eject from a helicopter, you’re going to get diced?

      • Big Hairy Man

        Yes, I should have said pilot escaped relatively unharmed.

  • Wor Lass

    Porter`s only done this article so he can stick that bit about Lascelles at the end to stir the pot.

  • Wor Lass

    Newsflash! Leazes` kidnappers phoned his home last night and the conversation was recorded:
    “We want to discuss an amount for the return of Leazes”
    “How much”
    “How much do you want?”
    Continuous dial tone …

    • TheFatController

      At least the kidnappers now know where their surnames derive from….

      • Wor Lass

        I hope they`re Celtic, for their sakes!

      • Peaky


    • TheNutJob

      start crowdfunding, free leazes, Peaky can start the ball rolling with £1,000


      • Wor Lass

        I`ll put a euro in!

        • TheNutJob

          I`ll borrow it off wor kid on top of the £40 i got yesterday
          to go out

        • TheNutJob

          i`ll sell geordiegiants my Mitro signed shirt for £250

        • Peaky

          I’ve got some old pesetas and drachmas somewhere….will they do ?

      • Wor Lass

        Actually, I think you`ve missed my point.

        • TheNutJob

          i think i have it now

      • Peaky

        I think he might have blocked the whole world….

  • Mike

    does this mean we are the dregs of the Prem for spending? guess we cant compete with any other club then?

    • Jonas

      That’s correct.
      Wimbledon spent £8millipn on John Hartson in 98 or 99.
      whatever the modern equivalent of that is, we wouldn’t spend half of on a player.
      we would be ran no different if Ashley had bought a non-league team that ended up getting to the PL. He bought one of the biggest clubs in Europe though.

  • Billmag

    Why isn’t some journos investigating what’s happening to our club, there has to be money getting filtered away somewhere with the amount of cash flowing through the corridors of this club something isn’t quite right.

    • Leicester Mag

      Because the Chronic is to investigative journalism what Clouseau is to criminal investigation

      • Peaky

        🤣😂🤣 Nice one
        I’ve said on here on more than one occasion The Chronic could have and should have took this regime on…but as you say Pink Panther…..got the tune going on in my head now…

    • TheFatController

      It’s fairly above board it seems in terms of financial reporting.

      Given a lot of expenditure/revenue from transfer is given as up front by reports in the media, but paid /owed over many years in reality, the regime have been able to ‘bend’ the figures to suit them – paying off outstanding debt, buying up front but selling in instalments etc are all stated policies of the club.

      Hence the last report claimed a loss of c£90m, but the annual loss was proved to be only c£20m.

      Ideally, given we are in profit on transfers, the club will announce Ashley has used income to pay off debt, as only then would there be any benefit at all to the lack of transfer funds currently available.

      • HarryHype59

        The £10m instalments owed on the Sissoko and Wynaldum deals has also “vanished”.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          has it? you have evidence of this?

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        The loss was £41m but it included a provision of £20m. The figures have not been bended, the media picked up on the £90m because it sounds big but it’s misleading. Of course, come people are simple and don’t read properly.

        It’s not ideal that Ashley has used income to pay debt off, I very much doubt this is the case.

        I expect us to have a Net spend of around £20m by the end of the window.

        • RAFmag

          As we are currently £6M up and potential for a further £25Mish from sales of Mbemba and Mitrovic, that would mean we would need to bring in more players to the tune of £51M to meet a net spend of £20M. I hope you are right, I am not quite as optimistic.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I think we’re officially £1m up but yes, we’d need to see how it pans out. I think we’ll see 2 big purchases and times being what they are, that could be the best part of £40m right there.

            I’d like a right back on top so possibly £8m more.

          • Leicester Mag

            More likely we’ll see Lord Lucan and Shergar turn up in Brigadoon

        • I’ve got the ki

          Good one

      • Billmag

        Im by no means a financial wizard and as far as reading balance sheets is concerned its a complete waste of time because the financial wizards of today can make anything look good or in our case bad.

    • Garry Norman

      Doesn’t need investigating if the owner just wants to pocket the cash. He isn’t the first and won’t be the last to improperly fund a football team for his own gains.

  • Foggy

    It’s sad that a little kid like Bradley Lowery dies and that fat [email protected] and his sidekick who are cancers on society are still thriving.

  • louise lamkin

    I thing that mike ashely should make money from the coatches and maybe sell one off the big top loyle goal keepers
    Like my Ant and dec say if anybody leaves that i leave to this is my team and i have to agree with my Ant and dec