NUFC make move for defender – but Rafa’s now been told why he can’t have him – Unbelievable

The Chronicle have confirmed that Rafa is interested in signing Ajax let-back Nicolas Tagliafico, however they claim that his £8m asking price means he may be forced to look elsewhere – with Benitez being forced to work with a ‘limited’ transfer budget.

If true, doesn’t this just sum up life under Mike Ashley.

We’ve just sold Aleksandar Mitrovic for £22m – meaning we’ve took in over £40m in sales already this summer (spending just £17m so far) – yet we can’t afford to pay £8m for a full international left-back. Pathetic.

The Argentinian was strongly linked with a move to Tyneside in the final few days of August last year, but instead completed a £3.5m move to Ajax in January 2018 – showing just how cheap Rafa could’ve had him for less than 12 months ago!

Here’s what Lee Ryder’s had to say on Rafa’s interest in the left-back.



“Newcastle United have an interest in Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax.

“But his £8million price tag plus the demands of the player’s agent could push the deal out of United’s reach with Rafa Benitez still working with a limited budget.

“Benitez likes the left-back and he has been on his database for some time, but he is also trying to sign a striker, a number 10 and a centre-half in light of Florian Lejeune’s horror injury.

“Benitez wants extra cover for Paul Dummett and the 5ft 7in Ajax man fits the bill for the Toon boss.

“Although, the reality seems to be that Newcastle can’t stretch to a deal for the 25-year-old as players in other key positions will take up the remainder of the manager’s budget.”

With the lack of money spent so far (£17m on five deals as it stands) and all the money we’ve taken in (Mitrovic £22m, Merino £10m, Mbemba £6m, Sels £3.5m PLUS money from the Premier League), I’ll never know how Benitez hasn’t got the money to spend £8m.

The worst part is, Tagliafico is a player Benitez is believed to have wanted this time last summer – and he was available for about half the price back then! Another reason why the club’s transfer policy will have Rafa banging his head against the wall.

These tweets in reaction to the news just sum it up for me.

Over £40m take in from player sales, a Premier League payment (of at least £40m in the bank) and just £17m spent so far. Remind me why Rafa must work on such a ‘limited budget’ please Mike?

He’ll get ‘every penny generated’ by the club he said in May. Yeah right..

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11 thoughts on “NUFC make move for defender – but Rafa’s now been told why he can’t have him – Unbelievable

  1. It would appear that our financial model is the problem. Allowing other clubs to buy our players on monthly/annual payment terms whilst paying cash up front when we buy seems to make no business sense at all.
    I’d be very surprised if Rafa signs a new contract while we operate like this.

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  2. Yet again that lying fat bastard stick it to the Newcastle supporters, slmebody should shoot that effkng twat Ashley.

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  3. Ashley’s a wanker but who ever wrote this shite just makes it worst 8 mill would not be a problem even for fat mike. maybe where just not trying to sign him at all

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  4. It’s never going to change accept it or boycott is all we can do. I’m in for the latter if it goes t**s up after 5 games

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  5. I really don’t understand why every body thought the fat greedy ugly spotted tw*t would do any diffrent. After all it’s the only way he gets an orgasm.

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  6. I can’t see what you’re all bitching about.

    It seems to me that the quicker Ashley gets his money back the quicker we’ll be shot of him so that involves less spending.

    So what do you want – more investment or Ashley gone? Can’t have both.

    Having Dubravka and Kenedy for the complete season, and the others we have so far has improved us already, so I can’t see us having the problems we had last season

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  7. Not only is he greedy, he hates the fans, this is his payback mentality for the deserved abuse.

    How the hell can ANY business work with Ashley when he consistently lies through his teeth ?

    Bet he’d love to have been a Trump voter !

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