"I will not speak of figures but we have done all we can and understand the importance that I believe Lucas can have in this team next season". "We missed some targets at the beginning and we are paying for that, but hopefully we can find some solutions.Sometimes it is not about you want, it is about what you need and what you can afford now.I am not happy [with transfer dealings] but for me it is a challenge".
The United boss doesn't name and shame but it has been widely reported that Rafa Benitez had a number of players lined up to sign he believed at the start of the season, only for those players not to be got "over the line".
"Fans are expecting we will sign a striker for £25million".
"Now we are going a little bit late the market is insane and it is not just a question of money because sometimes the money is there but the player is not available".
"I'm not happy, but at the same time it's a challenge".
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It's very hard - the prices are insane.
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 like the player because I have good friends in A Coruna", Benitez said.
"I chose to stay because of a lot of positive things I could see starting with the fans. Every manager wants to improve and have better players.At the same time, I am happy with the players I have because the team spirit was good last season and hopefully we can replicate that".
"It's very hard (for me to walk away). 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". "It is something you cannot control but at the moment I am fully committed to doing the best that I can".
Paul Merson has revealed that he feels that Newcastle United will narrowly avoid relegation during the upcoming Premier League campaign.