Rafa Benitez reveals his unhappiness at Newcastle's transfer efforts

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He said at the Premier League's launch day: "I was talking with Arsene yesterday because we had the manager's meeting and I said, 'Listen, we have to talk.' He said, 'Listen, you have some money?' I like the player but it's too soon to talk about that".

Despite being linked with a summer exit, the Serbia global has been heavily involved in Newcastle's pre-season and he has managed to score three goals in the process.

Barely the most popular figure amongst supporters - despite being a boyhood fan - he often gave away needless fouls last season and the arrival of Mikel Merino on loan looks to have pushed him out the door.

Paul Merson has revealed that he feels that Newcastle United will narrowly avoid relegation during the upcoming Premier League campaign.

But while Perez is of interest to Newcastle, Benitez says the club will have to sell players before being able to bring in any more signings. This one is hard and tough. "If I decide to stay, it's for the city, the fans, the stature of the club, to stay in England and in the Premier League".

"We have good characters and we'll spend the next couple of days doing our very best to bring quality players in", Keegan had said at the end of August.

"Lucas wants to play but it depends on Arsenal", Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle told Goal.

"When I made a decision to stay for me it was a challenge", he said.

Mitrovic last week insisted he was "focused" on his Newcastle career despite continued speculation over his future.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have suffered a blow ahead of Sunday's game at St James's Park. I am not happy with it but at the same time for me, it's a challenge and I will try to do my best.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Benitez said: "I am not happy but at the same time for me it's a challenge".