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Last 2 Chelsea players cost more than all 33 Rafa Benitez signings at Newcastle United

8 months ago
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The last two Chelsea players bought into the club this summer were Kepa and Jorginho.

Goalkeeper Kepa arriving from Athletic Bilbao, whilst Jorginho came in from Napoli.

To sum up the divide between Chelsea and Mike Ashley ran Newcastle, those two summer signings cost more than what has been spent in total on all of the players brought in by Rafa Benitez.

Nobody expects Newcastle at this point to be spending Chelsea level money but that divide (Chelsea spending on two players v Rafa’s entire two and a half years at Newcastle – Fulham spent over £100m this summer alone) should be a lot closer than it is, the biggest signing allowed by Mike Ashley was the £12m spent by Rafa on Matt Ritchie, whilst since this return to the Premier League, the highest fee paid out in the last three transfer windows has been the £10m spent on Jacob Murphy.

The two Chelsea players cost £71.6m (Kepa) and £57m (Jorginho), a total of £128.6m spent on the pair.

As for Rafa Benitez, he has made 33 Newcastle signings (see below), at a total cost of £125.7m.

On average, each Newcastle signing costing less than £4m.

Rafa Benitez Newcastle signings:

£5m Matz Sels

£10m Dwight Gayle

£12m Matt Ritchie

£0 Jesus Gamez

£0 Yasin Ben El-Mhanni

£0 Stuart Findlay

£4m Isaac Hayden

£5m Grant Hanley

£5m Ciaran Clark

£5m Mohamed Diame

£5m DeAndre Yedlin

£3m Daryl Murphy

£3m Achraf Lazaar

Loan the £6m fee Christian Atsu

Nominal fee Victor Fernandez

£8.7m Florian Lejeune

£0 Josef Yarney

£0 Stefan O’Connor

£10m Jacob Murphy

£4m Javier Manquillo

Loan then £6.5m fee Mikel Merino

£5m Joselu

Loan Kenedy

Loan then £4m fee Martin Dubravka

Loan Islam Slimani

£0 Ki Sung-yueng

Loan Kenedy

£3m Fabian Schar

£9.5m Yoshinori Muto

Loan Salomon Rondon

£6m Federico Fernandez

Nominal Fee Yannick Toure

Free Rosaire Longelo
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