George Caulkin admits ‘big concern’ as Rafa Benítez receives new offer ‘last night’

According to the Times’ Gary Jacob, Rafa Benitez received an offer worth £12m per year last night to take charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

North-east reporter George Caulkin has now had his say on the emerging story too, saying this news is now a ‘big concern’, with the club offering to double his money – all while there’s ‘still no sign of an agreement’ with Newcastle United.

When I first saw this link this morning I was fairly unfazed. It’s huge offer from a financial perspective, but it’s always felt like money and a job in one of the less competitive leagues was never on Rafa’s agenda this summer.

That said, the fact there’s a stalemate between Benitez and Newcastle could mean he’s now considering his options.

Here’s a snippet from Gary Jacob’s piece in the Times:

Newcastle United’s hopes of keeping their manager Rafael Benítez were hit last night after he received an offer worth about £12 million a year to take charge of Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League.

Benítez has long been a target for clubs in China and the offer, if accepted, would lead to him becoming the highest-paid manager in the Chinese Super League. Fabio Cannavaro, the Guangzhou Evergrande coach, earns about £11 million a year.

Dalian Yifang are backed by Wang Jianlin, who is the fourth richest man in China and worth $21.6 billion (£17.2 billion) according to Forbes.

Will Rafa walk away for China? I really didn’t think so and I still have my doubts, but if we continue to mess him around could anyone blame him for taking a £12m a year job..

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “George Caulkin admits ‘big concern’ as Rafa Benítez receives new offer ‘last night’

  1. Can’t see Rafa going to China, he wants to stay in England where his family are. I have always thought Rafa wants to leave a legacy something like Shankley did at Liverpool, I think that’s why he’s stinking around at the toon

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