During a recent piece for the Chronicle, NUFC editor Mark Douglas has revealed that there’s ‘noises coming from the club’ that Benitez WILL get money to spend this summer – stating Newcastle are expected to finally break their transfer record in the coming months.
This comes as some potentially exciting news (although it’s a relief more than anything), with us having waited an incredible 13 years to see us better the £17m signing of Michael Owen – a deal that was struck way back in 2005 as the ex-England striker arrived from Real Madrid.
It’s also accepted that it’s a MUST for us to be spending this sort of money if we really want to compete and back Benitez this summer.
We’d have no chance of signing a top new striker or securing Kenedy on a permanent deal if weren’t prepared to loosen our purse strings a little.
Here’s a snippet from Mark Douglas’ piece in the Chronicle:
“The noises coming back from the club are that Benitez will get money to spend and that there’s a recognition that inflated prices mean the transfer record that has stood for 13 years is likely to – finally – come tumbling down.
“With money in the bank and more to arrive via sales, the caution of last summer should subside and the club’s record transfer should finally be brokered. If it is, it’ll be another small victory for Benitez.”
It’s promising to hear, but it’s a relief as much as anything. Andre Gray cost Watford almost £20m last summer, so it’s absolutely essential that we’re willing to spend over £17m if we’re to get anyone up to standard in this day and age.
The market’s gone mad, but so many teams around us are willing and able to spend big, so we’ll be in serious danger of standing still and falling behind the pack if we didn’t start spending this summer.
Exactly how much money Rafa will get is not yet known (and rightly so really), but it sounds like this summer is about quality over quantity.
Some added competition/cover is needed in some areas, but the signing of Kenedy, a proven striker (or two) and a creative number 10 are the top priorities for me.