There is news being touted around that Manchester United will try to sign Michael Owen in the summer.
Apparently the news is there is a get out clause ($9M) in Owen’s contract that could make him one of the summer’s best bargains.
There is zero chance that Newcastle will let Owen go in the summer – and that Michael would even think of leaving Newcastle.
He has been at the club for two seasons yet played only ten games for the club – it will just not happen – and there are plenty of reasons why.
Here is a quote from the Independent today:
The Newcastle United striker Michael Owen will be the first target for Sir Alex Ferguson this summer with the new Premiership champions eager to take advantage of a clause in the player’s contract that will make him one of the summer’s best bargains. Owen should be available to leave St James’ Park for around Â£9m.
Should a deal be struck, there is understood to be no major objections from the man himself about joining the oldest rivals of his first club Liverpool who passed up the chance to re-sign him in 2005 when he left Real Madrid. The 27-year-old found his old club outbid then by Newcastle but the clause in his contract means that he will be able to leave the north-east for much less than the Â£17m paid for him two years ago.
To say this would not play well with the Newcastle fans is a huge understatement.
Here is a list of reasons why Owen leaving Newcastle makes no sense at all to the Newcastle club and presumably to Michael himself:
- Newcastle paid $17M to Real Madrid for Owen a short 21 months ago when they outbid Liverpool – why would we sell for $9M
- Michael is reportedly on a huge $110K per week at Newcastle – and he has been paid while injured for most of his time at Newcastle
- Owen has played a total of 12 games for Newcastle scoring 7 goals – hardly a return that has justified Newcastle’s huge outlay on him
- From what we know of Michael – ethics wise – it would be difficult for him to leave Newcastle after 12 games – for which he cost $17M and been paid close to $10M (pounds sterling) in wages
- Michael has not played enough at Newcastle to see if he can be successful in Geordie Land – and become a scoring legend like his old pal Alan Shearer – most supporters think he can do it
Let’s be clear that the horrific injuries Owen has sustained playing for Newcastle and England are not Owen’s fault at all – but nevertheless the injury situation has been horrendous for both club and player.
Let’s put this story to bed immediately – because it will not happen.
The Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd will almost certainly appoint Sam Allardyce next Monday as the new Newcastle manager.
With these kind of unfounded stories making the rounds Freddy needs to get the new manager in quickly – so we can put a stop to this nonsense.
Hopefully it is now very clear to all how we feel – let us know your opinions on this.