Newcastle United are yet to make a signing in the January transfer window.
Benitez has pleaded with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley for funds, but his appeals appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
Ashley is loathed to invest money into Newcastle this month, as he knows that a sale is so close.
Indeed, the Northern Echo suggest that a deal to sell the Magpies could be completed before the end of the month, but if it is not, Benitez will have barely any money to spend.
Newcastle are willing to sanction loan deals, but permanent additions seem unlikely.
The Magpies also cannot go after high earners, such as Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, as their wage budget is limited.
It means that Newcastle’s most likely targets are Chelsea’s Charly Musonda and Kennedy, but Benitez will have to pick between which one he wants the most.
It all adds up to a frustrating time for Benitez, who had intended to do business this month.
The Spanish boss has publicly stated the need for additions, with Newcastle currently locked in a relegation battle.