Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Benitez admits he has grown frustrated with the transfer business

Paul Merson of Walsall celebrates after scoring his second goal of the match during the Nationwide League Division One match between Walsall and West Bromwich Albion held Lucas Perez's agent accuses Arsenal of pricing striker out of transfer
Vera Richards | 11 August, 2017, 01:16

He again made his thoughts known this morning, by saying: "I am not happy".

"Always in football you need luck, I had the luck when the ball came through to me and then I scored", Atsu said of his Verona strike. I do try my best.

Benitez admitted his frustration at the lack of transfer activity so far this summer on Tyneside.

Newcastle's all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer shared Benitez's concerns but remained confident the Spaniard's tactical nous would offset any personnel deficiencies. He said the club was scrambling to secure deals before the window shuts on August 31.

"Sometimes they are unavailable, and if they are available, sometimes the wages are not the same, the commission is not the same and the wages are huge".

When Benitez committed to stay at Newcastle at the end of last season he was promised "every last penny" by club owner Mike Ashley to invest in the squad, but the reality has not been so simple.

Benitez, however, admits it would be "very difficult" for him to walk away from the job - and he reiterated his commitment to the promoted club.

"I think we will try to do our best in our the market". It has to be something you can not control.

And Benitez, who has injury concerns over striker Dwight Gayle ahead of Newcastle's first league match at home to Tottenham on Sunday, has targeted former Deportivo La Coruna attacker Perez as a potential addition to his forward options.

Arsenal may have an abundance of out-of-favour players that we are trying to get buyers for and finding the going hard, but if there is one departure that we can be certain will happen is the sale of Lucas Perez.

"It's very hard for me because my Chinese is not good enough", the Toon boss added.

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