Sky Sports reveal Steve Bruce’s alleged transfer budget – & new Joelinton claims emerge

According to Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton, Steve Bruce could be handed just over £90m to spend by Mike Ashley over the final three weeks of the transfer window.

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.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Sky Sports reveal Steve Bruce’s alleged transfer budget – & new Joelinton claims emerge

  1. i think i will follow rafa and watch chinese football or blyth spatains will see better football finished with newcastle as they keep saying time to move on no more money for ashley and his little poodle penfold.


  2. Hope gone , rafa gone, trust gone,takeover gone is this deal for joelinton going going gone?? The only one’s we need gone are the fcb and the rest of his puppets boycott boycott boycott ashleyoot


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