Rafa Benitez forced to ‘wheel and deal’ in the transfer market to sign players


first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Benitez, who guided the Magpies to an unlikely top-10 finish last season on their return to the Premier League, drew up his plans early and urged the club to “do the right things” to ensure continued development.To date, they have added only Sparta Prague keeper Martin Dubravka, who has made his loan move permanent, Chelsea winger Kenedy on a season-long loan deal and former Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng to the mix.But the former Sunderland man arrived on a free as a replacement for Mikel Merino, who joined Real Sociedad after a release clause was activated in his contract.With Isaac Hayden unsettled and citing personal reasons and speculation that Matt Ritchie could be sold to fund a move for Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend, there could yet be further upheaval. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he will have to no choice but to “wheel and deal” this summer if he wants to improve his squad.A lack of significant funds by owner Mike Ashley has meant the former Real Madrid boss has endured a frustrating summer to date. 2 There is also no agreement over the 59-year-old’s continued presence at St James’ Park beyond the confines of his existing deal, which has entered its final 12 months, in place.Asked at the club’s pre-season training camp at Carton House in Ireland if he will have to sell before he can buy during what remains of the summer transfer window, Benitez told Sky Sports: “Yeah, maybe.“I think it’s normal for us now to be like that. Unfortunately we wheel and deal – it’s the way for us.” 2 Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.com The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kenedy has rejoined Newcastle on loan already this summer LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Newcastle missed out on Nice striker Alassane Plea when he opted instead for Borussia Monchengladbach, and Benitez’s budget – he is understood to have around £40million to £50million to spend, plus whatever he can generate himself – appears to be an obstacle.He said: “As soon as the price goes high, I know we can’t buy them. We have to be realistic with our budget, maybe sell some players and then buy some players. We have to adapt. We know the situation.”Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could bring in up to £20million with Fulham, where he spent last season on loan, and Fenerbahce among his admirers, while Matz Sels, Chancel Mbemba, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback and Henri Saivet are also available. targets targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Benitez is no closer to signing any players or to signing a new deal last_img

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