Sky Sports is reporting that Sevilla, the UEFA Champions for the last two seasons have entered the race for Newcastle center-back target David Rozehnal of PSG. Newcastle’s former competitor in this race â€“ Burussia Dortmund – have pulled out since they recently acquired Robert Kovac on a free transfer from Barcelona.
Sevilla are reigning UEFA Cup Champions and have won it for the last two years. They demolished Middlesbrough 4-0 in Eindhoven in 2006 and this year defeated Espanyol 3-1 on penalties after drawing the game 2-2 after extra time.
They finished 3rd in the La Liga last season so are an accomplished side who are thriving under Head Coach Juande Ramos.
The Paris Saint Germain defender is expected to make a decision on which club to choose tomorrow, Friday. It will be a severe blow to Newcastle and new manager Sam Allardyce if Sevilla pips the Magpies at the post. A week or so ago Sam was beaten to the signature of Bolton player Tal Ben Haim at the last minute – when the Israeli decided to move to Chelsea over Newcastle.
Borussia Dortmund have withdrawn from the race and seemingly Newcastle have satisfied PSG with a bid in the region of Â£3M for the Czech.
It certainly looked like the Czech Republic international (26 caps) would be on his way to St James’ Park, following Dortmund’s decision to call off their bid â€“ when they acquired Robert Kovac of Barcelona on a free transfer – to fill the void left by the departure of Metzelder.
Rozehnal’s agent Pavel Zika now claims that UEFA Cup winners Sevilla have entered into negotiations and Zika says a deal could be completed within the next 24 hours and now admits Rozehnal will move to either England or Spain.
Zika told CTK:
“It might be finalized on Friday. David will move either to Newcastle or Sevilla.”
This is a bit of a shock for Newcastle since it had appeared to be plain sailing once Borussia Dortmund withdrew â€“ but if Sevilla pips Newcastle there has to be more to this than meets the eye. If that is the outcome we suspect Rozehnal did not want to come to Newcastle – and asked his agent to find some other team to compete. This is pure speculation on our part â€“ but a team does not come in at the last moment like this â€“ unless something is going on behind the scenes. We suppose it could also be a move by Pavel Zika to up the price Newcastle have to pay – but we doubt this very much.
Hopefully this saga will end on Friday one way or the other â€“ we hope it’s not the other!