'We understand': Journalist shares what Benitez has been told about his transfer budget by Everton
Ian McGarry has told the Transfer Window podcast that new Everton boss Rafael Benitez has been promised money to spend ahead of the summer transfer window.
Benitez was a controversial appointment at Everton, with the Spaniard announced as manager yesterday.
Everton fans have protested against his appointment with a number of banners, but it was not enough to deter the club or Benitez himself.
Part of the reason for this was due to the fact Benitez apparently spoke to Carlo Ancelotti about the Everton job prior to taking it, and was given good feedback.
Benitez has also been promised funds to spend this summer, according to the latest update.
“We understand that Benitez spoke to his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti before that meeting to ask what it had been like managing the Merseyside club, which was a positive conversation,” McGarry said.
“Benitez has been assured that he will have money to spend in order to improve the squad with the aim of playing European football and also being in the space where they are considered to be on the up in terms of challenging.”
Good news for Rafa
Benitez may well need to spend if he is to meet the ambitions of Everton’s owners.
The Toffees fell short of expectations last term, despite making an extremely bright opening to the campaign.
Everton do have to core of an excellent side, with the likes of Lucas Digne, Richarlison, James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all supremely talented players.
However, they will need to be supplemented with some additional quality, and Benitez is likely to already be drawing up transfer plans now.