Report: Newcastle United's transfer policy blocked Rafa Benitez signing Dennis Praet

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James' Park on January 6, 2018 in...

Dennis Praet allegedly favoured a move to Newcastle United over Premier League rivals Everton, but a deal for the Sampdoria star was impossible for now.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Rafa Benitez has his fair share of detractors but there is little doubting that the former Valencia, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan manager is one of the biggest names in world coaching.

And his appointment at Newcastle United in the spring of 2016 looked set to give the Magpies access to players they would have had no chance of attracting with the likes of Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew on the touchline.

Like Dennis Praet, for example. The Chronicle reported in August that Sampdoria’s Belgian international midfielder was enticed by the prospect of making a move to Newcastle in the summer and would have rejected Everton due to the chance to work with the Champions League-winning manager.

The Sun even stated that Newcastle had made a £17.5 million bid for one of Serie A’s brightest stars.

Dennis Praet (Sampdoria) in action during the TIM Cup match between UC Sampdoria and Foggia at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on August 12, 2017 in Genoa, Italy.

But just a few months later, it appears Praet has slipped through Newcastle’s grasp, which will only add to Benitez’s frustrations.

The Chronicle state that Praet is set to swap Sampdoria for Serie A champions Juventus for a fee of around £23 million. And the report adds that Benitez has been denied the chance to break Newcastle’s transfer record by the restrictive transfer policy put in place by owner Mike Ashley.

The first fortnight of the January window has been a shambles once again for Newcastle, who do not appear close to signing a single player despite the obvious deficiencies in a limited squad.

Dennis Praet (Sampdoria) in action  during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on August 20, 2017 in Genoa, Italy.

The Chronicle even states that Benitez has not been informed how much he has to spend this month, and will therefore be forced to rely on short-term loans. But even the potential signings of David Luiz, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings were scuppered as the club would not pay their wages, Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast explained.

At this stage, it is a credit to Benitez that he remains at St James’ Park.

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