The news that Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly wanted by Real Sociedad could work in favour of the Spaniard going into this summers’ transfer window.
With the 57-year-old keen to bring in new faces to strengthen his squad, the interest from abroad can be used to force Mike Ashley into a spending-spree and to loosen the purse-strings.
The notoriously tight club owner preferred the loan-route option in the winter window amidst talk of a takeover at the club, in a month which saw the arrivals of Kenedy and Islan Slimani through the temporary method.
Ashley has been an unpopular owner at St James’ Park, but the Magpies faithful are all in agreement that Benitez is the man they want to see remain in the managerial hot seat.
And if that were to change, it would reignite the fans feelings hostilities towards the Sports Direct supremo, potentially putting-off buyers – a situation that Ashley would undoubtedly want to avoid.
Benitez will be only too aware of this potential power switch, that he can use to his advantage and push the owner into the transfer market.
The immediate benefit to Newcastle could be that they finally land Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen, who Benitez wanted in January.
Newcastle didn’t match his £18million valuation then, but with more power in his hands, Benitez could finally get his man in the summer.
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