Rafa Benitez provides Newcastle transfer update, fans react

Rafa Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that that club will need to depend on exits in order to sign new players.

According to Lee Ryder from Chronicle, the Magpies will have to “wheel and deal” for the remainder of the window.


The Magpies managed a top ten finish last season and they were expected to strengthen the squad and push on this summer. The latest transfer update from Benitez will not go down well with the fans.

He said: “Unfortunately it’s what we have to do. We have to wheel and deal, that is the way for us. And then we try to continue doing the right things. We are trying to sign a characteristic of players, it’s not just names, big names, because they will be too expensive for us, but we are trying to sign players that can do a job for the team. As soon as the price goes a little bit higher, I know that we cannot buy them, so we have to be realistic with our budget, and then maybe sell some players and buy some players.”

Asked if Newcastle will need to sell before they buy, Benitez replied: “Yeah, maybe. I think it’s normal for us now to think it will be like that. We have to adapt. That is the situation. Are we happy with that? Obviously not 100 per cent, but we will try to do our best to be sure the team is strong enough and we can compete in the Premier League.”

Newcastle fans were already frustrated with Mike Ashley’s backing of Rafa in the transfer market and it will be interesting to see how they react to this situation now.

Newcastle cannot afford to waste the summer if they want to establish themselves as a Premier League club. A poor window could see them fight for relegation next season.

The likes of Wolves, Fulham, Leicester, West Ham have all added to their squad this summer and Newcastle are falling behind.

They have already lost Mikel Merino to Sociedad and the likes of Ritchie and Mitrovic are expected to leave as well.

Here is how the fans reacted to the update on Twitter.