During an interview with Sky Sports’ Keith Downie this morning, Rafa Benitez has admitted that he is working on a limited budget and may be forced to sell before he can buy – revealing that he’s being forced to ‘wheel and deal’ once again this summer.
With just three signings made so far and only £4m spent, it’s been a frustrating few months and Benitez’s transfer update here highlights the grim reality of life under Mike Ashley.
Here’s what he’s had to said when asked by Keith Downie if he feels he must sell before he can buy this summer:
“Yeah, maybe. I think it’s normal for us now to be like that. Unfortunately we wheel and deal – it’s the way for us.”
“As soon as the price goes high I know we can’t buy them (players). We have to be realistic with our budget, maybevsell some players and then buy some players.
“We have to adapt; we know the situation.”
WATCH: Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez admits the club are on a tight budget in this summer's transfer window. ❌?
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A pretty alarming transfer admission from Benitez, but perhaps what we already knew given the way our summer has gone so far?
He’ll get on with the job and make the best of a bad situation, but he sounds resigned to the fact that this is how we work.
Do we honestly expect him to sign a new contract if this is how we continue to operate!?