Rafa Benitez reveals his transfer fear as Newcastle attempt to move out unwanted players

Rafa Benitez, right.
Rafa Benitez, right.

Rafa Benitez fears Newcastle United’s transfer business will go to the wire.

The club this week signed Joselu from Stoke City in a £5million deal.

Benitez is still looking to bring in a winger and a goalkeeper before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

However, United’s manager must first trim his squad.

Benitez is looking to move on a number of players, and he believes the club will be active in the final days, and even hours, of the window.

“I think it will be until the end, because you have teams with massive money and a lot of teams without money,” said Benitez.

I think it will be until the end, because you have teams with massive money and a lot of teams without money.

Rafa Benitez

“So these teams, everybody, is waiting until the last minute, maybe, to put you in a position where you have to sell players cheaply and then you are maybe trying to do the same. It depends.”

Benitez, speaking ahead of tomorrow’ Premier League game against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium, would not be drawn on how many more players he feels he needs.

“It depends on the players that we can move out,” said the 57-year-old, who has signed six players so far this summer.

“We have to manage a situation that’s not ideal, but that’s what we have.”

Asked if he had to sell before buying, Benitez added: “We have to balance both if we can.

“In terms of the timing, maybe it’s not exactly that you have to do this to do that, but we are working with everything together trying to do both things at the dame time.”

At least half a dozen senior players have been told to find new clubs by Benitez this summer.

Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Emmanuel Riviere have been training at the Academy while they look for new clubs, and Jack Colback, Grant Hanley and Massadio Haidara are also available for transfer.

Asked if there had been interest in them, Benitez said: “Yes, some of them.

“They (other clubs) are asking, but obviously the offer less money than you are expecting and then you are asking for more money.”