Rafa Benitez & Newcastle
Will Newcastle United do any business in the January transfer window?
Whenever that issue has been posed to Rafa Benitez in the last few weeks, the Newcastle boss has batted the question away.
Why? Because the perception is that Benitez has been told that there’s little money available for new additions.
Newcastle have spent only minimal money in recent times as Benitez worked a miracle last season with the Magpies as they finished in 10th place.
At the same time, rumours continue to swirl that owner Mike Ashley is keen to sell Newcastle.
How close is a takeover? Over the weekend, stories linking Peter Kenyon and a consortium with a buyout of the St James’ Park club have resurfaced.
Yet, according to the Sunday Times, any takeover may hinge on Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle off Benitez a contract extension
The Sunday Times announce that Rafa Benitez has been offered a one year contract extension with the Magpies.
Moreover, there appears to be pressure on the Spanish boss to sign that agreement if Newcastle are ever going to move on from Mike Ashley:
Rafa Benitez has been offered a one-year extension to his contract at Newcastle in order to sort out the latest transfer window stand-off that is threatening his future at the club.
Ashley, who is keen to sell the club and has called on would-be purchasers, including Kenyon, to meet his asking price of between £280-£300m this month, remains unlikely to strengthen heavily during January without agreement.
For the record, Benitez’s current Newcastle contract expires in the summer.
The Spanish boss earns £6m-a-year with the Magpies.
Newcastle 1 – Blackburn 1
Newcastle survived a scare in the third round of the FA Cup against Blackburn.
A Matt Ritchie penalty six minutes from time levelled the match for the Magpies.
Bradley Dack scored forBlackburn in the 56th minute.