Rafa Benitez admits he's not happy with summer business so far

However, the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager insisted Newcastle, who begin the Premier League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (13 August), have not strengthened enough.

"The most-important thing is that the team won and I'm also happy that I scored".

Sky Bet has priced the likelihood of the 28-year-old moving to St. James' Park at 9/4, while the odds on the Spaniard staying with the Gunners are a huge 6/1.

The Magpies have signed five players so far this summer at a cost of just over £30million, while a number of players, including Daryl Murphy, Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita and Florian Thauvin, have left.

It's nearly certain Perez will leave this summer and Deportivo looks the most likely option, although Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he is interested. It's very hard - the prices are insane.

He could be set to join the plethora of youngsters out on loan from the Premier League champions, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Izzy Brown among those doing so in the top flight.


"We missed some targets at the beginning and we are paying for that, but hopefully we can find some solutions".

Benitez has now admitted that he feels that his side have not improved much on what they had available to them last season.

"I'm not totally happy with what we did, but I will try to do my best".

"I am not happy but at the same time for me it's a challenge. It is something you cannot control but at the moment I am fully committed to doing the best that I can".

"It's very hard for me because my Chinese is not good enough", he said, referencing links with the Chinese Super League.


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