Rafa Benitez identifies the key to Newcastle's transfer business

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Some have pointed to Newcastle's spending power, but Benitez says look at the net spend.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has spoken of investing money from big money sales of players ahead of his side's first game in the Championship against Fulham tonight. 

It has been a busy transfer window on Tyneside which has seen the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Andros Townsend leave, but has seen the proceeds from their transfers reinvested in several areas of the squad.

Eight players have arrived at the club for just under £45 million, with the Newcastle boss said to be after three more players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. 

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Benitez is quoted in the Chronicle: “The key is that if you sell good players you then have to invest.

“We are able to spend because we have sold players. We have balanced the money.

“We also have a smaller wage bill, and maybe a profit at the end [of the window] because we are doing good business.

“Still, though, we have to sell some good players because that is the right thing."

Certainly there have been many changes at the club this summer, and Newcastle have been able to break the Championship record when it comes to spending on one transfer - which some may suggest shows they have superior spending power compared to the rest of the division. 

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

But it seems that a lot of smart work has been done on the business side at least and whether that translates into the proceeds of transfers being spent wisely remains to be seen.

It seems that Benitez has got a good mix of players. There are plenty who have experience of gaining promotion from the Championship, and subsequent Premier League experience along with a couple of exciting players from abroad. It also shouldn't be forgotten that there is a large contingent  of players that were relegated from the top flight last season that should be determined to put things right this time. 

If they show they can gel quickly and get off to a quick start, and make an instant return to the top flight, this will have been a very shrewd window from Newcastle. 

Newcastle fans behind manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle fans behind manager Rafael Benitez

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