Rafa Benitez has opened up about his transfer plans with just 22 days of the window left to go, admitting that he is looking to sign ‘Premier League experience‘ and add competition to ‘three or four’ areas of his squad.
His comments yesterday were worrying, admitting that we may need to ‘wheel and deal’ and sell before we can buy, however he’s clearly getting on with his job and doing the best he can on a limited budget.
Here’s what he’s had to say when speaking to the Chronicle, confirming his desire to add some top flight experience to his squad – but admitting that he may have to look at loans and player abroad if he can not sign his main targets:
“What I’ll say about transfers is that Premier League experience is a key part of our idea and what we’re trying to do. Loans are the same.
“But we only have one more in England so we have to look abroad to see any other options.”
“We have three or four positions that we’d still like to bring competition in for.
“Obviously we are looking for experience in the Premier League. That’s important for us. If we can’t get that then we have to go abroad and see what we can find.
“For me, and a team like us, to have players with Premier League experience can help. Because then those players don’t need time to settle down.
“This year from the beginning we need points on the board.”
Fortunately, Mitrovic’s moves to Fulham is gathering pace and it looks like Mbemba may be edging closer to Porto, so that could be another £25m plus that will be added to Benitez’s budget.
With that and the £10m we’ve received for Merino in mind, let’s hope we will finally start spending – and we’ll need to if we want Premier League experience, with most decent players in England costing an arm and a leg these days.