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Report: Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez offered £12 million to take charge of Dalian Yifan

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on February 2, 2019 in London,...

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is yet to resolve his future at the club as his current deal is coming to an end.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on May 12, 2019 in London,...

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has been offered £12 million a year to take charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifan, according to a report. 

The Times have claimed that Newcastle were dealt a blow in regards to Benitez's future because his current deal at St James' Park is due to expire at the end of this month, and now there is interest on the horizon. 

It is said that Benitez has been a target for clubs in China for some while now and if he accepts the offer made by Dalian Yifan then he would become the highest paid manager in the Chinese Super League. 

 

During the recently concluded campaign, the Spaniard guided the North East outfit to a 13th-placed finish as his three-year reign at St James' Park could be coming to an end. 

Once again, the start of the summer has been dominated by talk that Newcastle could be taken over by [insert company] name, but nothing has materialised and Mike Ashley still remains in charge. 

The retail businessman's reluctance to show ambition in the transfer market has resulted in Newcastle finding themselves in this current situation with Benitez. 

A fan holds up a 'United Against Ashley' card during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 29, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

The Times report does state that Benitez has been offered a one-year contract by the club, but they are unable to agree terms with problems surfacing in regards to how his transfer budget is going to be spent. 

It would be a surprise if Benitez did opt to move to the Chinese Super League because he still has the capabilities of managing in any top-tier in Europe. 

But if he is not sitting in the St James' Park dugout for the start of the new season in August then the tensions between the Newcastle fans and their current owner will only increase. 

A detail shot of a Mike Ashley Out badge pictured on a fans shirt before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on September 29, 2018 in...

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