Even relegation rivals Cardiff are now outmuscling Newcastle in the transfer market, with prolific Ligue 1 striker Emiliano Sala now on his way to South-Wales to complete a £20m move.
The deal is not complete just yet (let’s hope it drags so he won’t be able to play on Saturday!), but his medical is expected to take place this week according to Sky Sports, meaning they are on the verge of what would be a huge boost for the club ahead of this weekend’s six pointer at St James’ Park.
He’s scored 13 goals in 18 games this season for French side Nantes – a tally only bettered by PSG star Kylian Mbappe and Nicolas Pepe; with the latter ironically being an alleged target of Rafa Benitez’s in the summer of 2017!
We’ve already seen several newly promoted sides like Bournemouth, Wolves and Fulham show more ambition than ourselves over the years, but to see Cardiff sign prolific strikers for £20m while we struggle to get loan deals over the line is a real sign of the times.
Whether he’s in a position to start on Saturday or not, Cardiff now have even more momentum ahead of what looks set to be our biggest game of the season to date – while we’re sat wondering if Rafa will get a penny to spend this month, never mind a much needed big money signing.