Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will likely be feeling frustrated with transfer proceedings at St James Park so far this summer.
Rafa Benitez did extremely well last season to guide the Magpies to a top-half finish on a shoestring budget.
Unfortunately for Newcastle United fans, it looks like owner Mike Ashley is not backing the Spaniard in the transfer market, despite the Magpies 10th placed finish last season. The Tyneside club have signed stopper Martin Dubravka for £4m, Ki Sung-yeung on a free and Kenedy on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, but whether that is enough to repeat last seasons feat is questionable.
It is reported that Rafa Benitez has accepted he has to sell to buy, and is desperate to bring a striker to the club. He may have to sell a senior player with a good market value to bring in the players he wants. Newcastle certainly looked light up-top last season, and the success of their season was built more of Rafa Benitez building a solid defence.
With that in mind, Atsu must be looking to impress Rafa Benitez in pre-season or Benitez should sell him to fund some new imports
Christian Atsu is valued at £5.6m by Transfermarkt. The North-East clubs could likely receive more for the player in the modern market.
The 26-year-old winger needs to impress Rafa Benitez in their pre-season fixtures, taking in the likes of Porto and Hull City. If he doesn’t show his value to the club in these fixtures, the Spanish manager will consider cashing in on the Ghanaian to fund new imports to St James Park.
Christian Atsu is one of several players who need to really prove themselves to their manager in pre-season, or they could face being sold.