It is being reported that new Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is planning raids on Spain’s Big Two to bring Raul and Deco to Tyneside this summer.
We’ll look at this story – but beware it is from the News of the World â€“ however it is in line with what we heard last week that Ashley will give Sam the money for one big signing before the summer is out – and that to us makes some sense.
Let’s see what this one is about.
The News of the World says that Mike Ashley plans to signal his ambitions for Newcastle United – and put them on the world map – by signing one of the biggest names on the planet.
A source close to Ashley revealed:
“Now Mike has overall control of Newcastle he wants to make a statement of intent to the rest of world football.
“He wants to land a global superstar to show he means business and make everyone sit up and take notice.
“Mike hopes to move over the next few weeks as Raul and Deco face uncertain futures.”
The one thing that this story has wrong is that hopefully Ashley is not picking the players he wants brought to the club – that’s Sam’s job. Therefore we feel the right way to report this is that Ashley will give Sam some big money to sign whatever world class player he wants.
The future of Real Madrid skipper Raul has been in doubt since the sacking of boss Fabio Capelloa and Portugal ace Deco wants to play in England and could be offloaded if Barca land Frank Lampard. We are not sure Raul would be a good signing for us unless one of our strikers goes – and Raul is getting towards the end of his career. However, Deco is a very good player and a winner – and he would be good at Newcastle. We may have to unload one of the central midfielders we already have – probably Emre – but it will be difficult to tempt somebody to Newcastle this summer when we have no European competition.
The above report is at least consistent with the one we heard last week when a source close to Ashley told the Evening Chronicle last Thursday:
â€œWhen you look at the incoming and outgoing transfers so far this summer, Mike has only really spent Â£1.5M because Geremi and Mark Viduka came in on free transfers and Joey Barton and David Rozehnalâ€™s arrivals have been helped by Scott Parkerâ€™s Â£7M sale to West Ham, so from a business point of view, thatâ€™s good business.
â€œWe know that Big Sam would like two left-backs and a center-half too, and he will listen to any other possible signings that the manager would like.
â€œThe transfer deadline is not until the end of August and the feeling here is United could be about to pull out all the shots to land a big one.â€
So that would make some sense that Sam would be given the chance to bring in one world class signing this summer. Whether it’s Deco or Raul we’re not sure – but if you asked Sam which player he would like – we’re sure you’d get a quick-fire answer – we just don’t know who his choice might be.
Comments on this one definitely welcome.