Journalist claims Benitez is now pushing for £35m double-deal after Ki Sung-Yueng signing

According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Rafa Benitez now wants Kenedy and Valon Berisha after securing the signing of Ki Sung-Yueng – however the pair could cost a combined £35m.

The signing of Ki came out of nowhere and, if this story is to be believed, it sounds like he may now attempt to strike while the iron is hot.

It’s clear that Rafa wants to bring Kenedy back to Tyneside after his successful loan stint last season, whilst Red Bull Salzburg playmaker is someone we’ve been scouting for the last 18 months by all counts – with the man himself admitting just last week that we are ‘very interested’ in signing him.

Here’s a snippet from the Telegraph’s latest piece on Rafa transfer plans:

“Benítez is hoping to sign Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Kenedy on a long-term contract deal after a successful loan spell last season and is also keen on Red Bull Salzburg playmaker Valon Berisha.

“The pair are likely to cost at least £35m, which will use up a huge chunk of his transfer kitty. However, the Magpies are looking to raise another £20m with the sale of Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic to newly-promoted Fulham.

“Benítez is also weighing up whether to listen to offers for Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie, although at the moment he is reluctant to lose two players who have been integral to the team’s success over the last two seasons.”

A move for the two would be exciting, but £35m seems a lot for these two and unlikely – especially when Lazio were believed to have agreed a £7m fee to sign Berisha recently (something that puts his potential move to Newcastle in doubt in itself).



If Berisha is available for £7m, it suggests Chelsea are valuing Kenedy at £28m – a fee we just wouldn’t pay, with Ashley’s biggest purchase so far being Gini Wijnaldum for half of that.

Selling the likes of Mitrovic may raise £20m, but isn’t that money that will then go towards a striker?

I’d love to see Kenedy and Berisha sign – they’re two players who could transform us in attack – but i’d be surprised if Ashley handed Rafa an alleged £35m to sign them both.

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3 thoughts on “Journalist claims Benitez is now pushing for £35m double-deal after Ki Sung-Yueng signing

  1. The signing of KSY should tell us one thing at least – the press know nowt about who Rafa truly wants.
    With cash being short nobody should expect him to invite a bidding war by announcing which players interest him. That would be stupid and Rafa ain’t stupid. Possibly the only player we hadn’t been linked with came through the door first.

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  2. I would love us to sign these two, but Kenedy will be another loan (probably cost 2M, yet may have a buy clause) and Berisha will be no more than 8M. Don’t know why anyone who really knows anything about NUFC would be suggesting they would EVER pay out 35M for two players.
    Still, that’s a winger and #10. We still have to get quality strikers, one who can hold the ball and one who can poach the goal line (I really wish Gayle had been able to step on for this latter berth, but he’s been tried, hasn’t delivered and would be a risk to keep, especially if they can get 12-15M for him).
    So, if we really did have 35M available (and I don’t think we have), and get Kenedy/Berisha for 10M-ish, the remaining 25M may still not be quite enough for even one of these striker positions.
    We will need more rabbits out of Rafa’s hat.

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  3. Bobbybe comments are very accurate and to the point. Once the media gets involved in any transaction it lets the cat out of the bag. The Korean player surprised everyone to our advantage mainly because the media did not know. On many occasion the nufc blog needs to learn from this.

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