Rafael Benitez is understood to be 'deeply disappointed' with Newcastle United's transfer window, with even cheap deals proving difficult or impossible to complete for the Magpies.
In a report from Chronicle Live it is claimed that once again Benitez has been let down by his board, who failed to make a deadline day move for the signature of preferred defensive target Ragnar Klavan.
The Spaniard has hoped for some deadline day deals to ease his squad depth worries, but a move for one of his key targets has failed to materialise.
Remarkably guiding the Magpies to a top-half finish last term, the ex-Valencia and Liverpool boss has had reservations about signing a new contract in the north east. A failed takeover bid and lack of funding have only heightened his indecision.
With no deal penned, some are suggesting that owner Mike Ashley is being deliberately vindictive in not going for Rafa's targets. If so, the battle for control would likely only end in disaster for Newcastle, with off field problems having a negative effect in the dressing room.
The Chronicle reports that Benitez is now extremely worried about his lack of depth, and the fact that none of his targets matched Newcastle's so called 'criteria' has left him fuming.
#nufc deliberately not allowing Benitez complete control of the football side of the busines, even though they know he is best manager appointed by Ashley because he hasn’t signed his contract extension. Petty and potentially self-harming. A ludicrous way to run any business— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) August 9, 2018
A lack of control over signings can highlight Benitez's patience and want to do well for the fans. The fact that Ashley has blocked a transfer for a much needed position shows the crumbling relationship between the two.
After turning down the Spain job earlier this summer, Rafa is seemingly focused on building a project with Newcastle. However, these sorts of roadblocks are very much unwelcomed.
With the Klavan deal apparently dead in the water, the Magpies have quite possibly blown their last opportunity at bringing in an experienced Premier League player. Manager Benitez will now hope a deal for Swansea's Federico Fernandez can be rushed over the line.
As Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren continue to build a partnership in Liverpool's back line, Klavan may possibly now be fifth choice at Anfield, behind Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.