According to reports in Brazil, Newcastle reached a deadline day agreement to sign Monaco left-back Jorge on a loan – but there was not enough time for the 22-year old to gain a work permit.
If true, this just rubs salt into our wounds, summing up our slow and baffling approach to transfers.
Ever since the season ended in May, Benitez will have made it clear to the board that he needed cover for Paul Dummett – yet two and a half months later we’re scrambling to sign any old left-back with minutes to spare. And surprise, surprise, we left it too late!
French outlet Le 10 Sport claimed that we were in talks with Monaco to secure a ‘last gasp’ deal for the Brazilian – and it seems he would have signed if we had just made our move earlier.
Newcastle United had a deal with AS Monaco for the loan of left-back Jorge, but there was not enough time to get the player a work permit, according to Globo https://t.co/a4jk0eaPZl
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 9, 2018
Here’s a snippet from GFFN’s piece, suggesting a ‘deal was in place’ for Jorge – only for time to run out:
‘Newcastle United had an agreement with AS Monaco over a paid loan for Brazilian left-back Jorge, according to Brazilian outlet Globo.
‘A deal was in place, but there was not enough time for the Brazilian to get a work permit.’
That’s now THREE transfer windows in a row where Benitez has failed to be given a left-back – with us know going into the season with Paul Dummett as our ONLY recognised player in that position.
We’ve pulled off some good signings this summer and have probably improved the squad all in all, however our approach to transfers and lack of ambition is abysmal.
He’ll be glad to have Fernandez through the door, but Benitez will be one frustrated man.