Italian outlet ‘Tuttosport’ claimed earlier today that Ashley had agreed to hand Benitez ‘substantial transfer funds’ and back his bid to challenge for a European spot next season, however it seems these reports are premature.
Here’s how the Times’ George Caulkin has responded after a Newcastle fan asked on Twitter if this afternoon’s claims from Italy were true:
“No. They’re not close to this point yet.”
George also said the following when asked if they’d made any progress on any of Rafa’s requests:
“I don’t know the details of what they’re talking about. But, from my understanding, they’re still at stage of proposals / demands being considered.
“It’s frustrating for everybody, but it’s waaaay better than the alternative.“
The Chronicle have also poured cold water on these claims for now, suggesting ‘things aren’t this progressed’ as Tuttosport are claiming.
The wait goes on..