While there should be plenty money available to spend on transfers, with £50-£60m initially budgeted and us taking in £30m for Perez since then, it’s absolutely baffling to hear Steve Bruce could be given such a sizeable amount to spend.
Perhaps because Mike Ashley knows it will now be spent on players that fit into his transfer blue print. In other words, players with high sell on value who could be sold on in a few years time for a profit?
Here’s what Thornton had to say about the budget Bruce looks set to receive between now and August 8th:
“He (Bruce) will have a healthier budget than some of his predecessors, that’s for sure,”
“It’s our understanding he will have £50m plus the £30m from the sale of Ayoze Perez and then the £11m that was left over from last season.
“So up to £91m to spend and some of that spending could happen pretty quickly as well.
“Hoffenheim striker Joelinton we understand is in talks, concrete talks, with Newcastle over a potential move.
“Certainly strikers are the priority for Newcastle. They’ve lost their front line from last season.”
This both makes sense and makes absolutely no sense. There should be £91m available to spend this summer given the money we’ve taken (both from the Premier League and outgoing transfers), but it’s laughable to think Bruce could be handed this amount – especially when Ashley was so reluctant to back world class manager Rafa Benitez.
On the subject of transfers, Sky’s Kaveh Solhekol has also offered the following update on Joelinton, claiming the club are making a ‘massive effort’ to sign the Brazilian:
It’s a little bizarre to hear we are ‘disappointed’ that Hoffenheim have ‘made it public’, however.
Yes they put a tweet out confirming he’s in talks, but this proposed transfer has been discussed by both local and national journalist for months now.
That said, it’s positive to here they are yet another outlet saying a deal looks likely to go through.