Newcastle Transfer Update on Argentina’s Gabriele Heinze

It took a long time coming but finally some news that Newcastle may be interested in taking Gabriele Heinze from Manchester United for around £4M. That would be a very good price for the Argentine International.

Heinze signed for Manchester United in 2004 for a fee of around £7M and last season didn’t get the number of games he would have expected and now has solid competition from Evre who was signed 18 months ago from Monaco.


Gabriele Heinze

It may be very difficult for Heinze to come to Newcastle because he is both used to and wants European football and of course we cannot offer him that next season. However, he is an excellent player although not all readers out this site think that – from some of the comments we’ve received.

He turned 29 years old last April (born in Crespo, Argentina) and is 5’10” tall (looks shorter than that) and has played for four clubs in his career. He started at Newell’s Old Boys for whom he played 8 times from 1996-1997. In 1997 he moved to real Vallidolid for whom he played 54 times over the next four years and scored 1 goal. He had a short spell with Sporting CP in 1998 playing for them 5 times and scoring 1 goal.

In 2001 he joined Paris Saint Germaine and played for them 99 times and scored 4 times before joining Manchester United in the summer of 2004. He has played for Manchester 54 times and scored 1 goal. Overall he has played 220 first class club games and scored 8 goals. He has represented Argentina 39 times since 2003 and has scored 2 goals for his country.

Heinze marked his debut for Manchester United in September 2004 with a goal in the 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers. He quickly established himself as United’s first choice left-back with a number of highly impressive performances and the fans took to the Argentine for his exemplary attitude, showing fierce determination on the pitch.

He has a great left foot and a good tackle and obviously a good player. He can also play central defense but appears too short for that position and had a number of scary moments late last season when pushed into that position by Alex Ferguson because of injuries to his key central defenders.

Heinze was injured in a UEFA Champions League match with Villarreal in September 2005 and was out of first-team action for the rest of the 2005-06 season. He did recover to take part in the 2006 world cup in Germany for Argentina and played well.

This will not be an easy signing for Newcastle as Heinze is used to playing at the very top level and has already drawn interest from Real Madrid who recently let Roberto Carlos go in the summer and are in the market for a replacement. Two things are in our favor – one is that Sam Allardcye has a good relationship with Alex Ferguson and the other is that Liverpool are after Heinze and Manchester would not want to sell Gabriele to their competition.

Let us know what you think – do you think Heinze would be good at Newcastle?

Comments always welcome.

20 comments so far

  • doc

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    A couple of seasons ago he was outstanding, last year looked a bit out of it at times.

    10 x ‘s better than what we have

    I’m just not sure if it would be good business

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    FINALLY!!! Heinze is a great left back and if we can get thats our left back problems solved!!!

  • Guy Maxwell

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    He would be a superb signing. The “attraction” of Newcastle United could be a) almost guaranteed a starting place every week b) good salary c) Allardyce’s reputation.

    Lack of European football will be a problem if other big clubs come a sniffing!

  • matt w

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    very good left back. if available for the 4m quid a super deal. massiv eimprovement over babs. he can also play centre back if needed.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 9, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5,16368,2483_2483177,00.html , Read this story Gallas wants to leave Arsenal apparentlly that would be fantastic, Gallas and Heinze! Come on Sam!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Also iv just read that we are also looking into the availibilty of Sameul Eto’o! cant really see that happening myself!

  • Keep OBA & OWEN

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Heinze looked good the frist season, but in my eyes he uses his elbows far too much.
    If Sam manages to stop him from elbowing everything that moves it may be a good signing.
    id still prefer Leighton Baines anyday.

  • valle

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Heinze, Shorey, Baines or Bridge… All have been linked and anyone of them can join for all i care, as long as we get one of them and soon!
    Cockney Magpie:… I agree that Gallas would be great but did u actually take the time to read the article m8?, he wants to leave because he is not satfied with the fight for 3rd spot, so why in the world would he then join us?

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 9, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    The only thing with Heinze when i saw him come into the MU team towards the end of the season was his defending not being as good as i remembered the season before, he was a bit sloppy and ragged but was still great going forward and probably still 10x better than what we have. Would still love to see him at LB for the TOON … cant see it happening when you see the other teams linked to him tho…

  • Obafan

    Jul 9, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I can’t follow at the moment with all the rumours. I know that the newspapers like to start discussions like this, but I don’t believe anything else unless I see the player being presented in a black and white shirt.

    A week ago I was really pleased to read that the next Big Sam signing would be “Habib BEYE”, since I read that article I haven’t heard anything else about it. Then others were Hangeland, Hyypia, Quedrue, Edmilson, Gudjohnson, Baines, Shorey, Hutchinson, Diarra, and now they have started the stories Deco and Heintze. I don’t mention all the names who were targets (?) for Big Sam, but there were a lot more.

    What I would like to happen is the following things;
    a) Sign Habib Beye (that will be a top 5 transfer in the PL next season)
    b) Sell asap Ramage
    c) Sign 2 more CB (Hyppia, …)
    d) Sign a good LB (Heintze)
    e) Sign a creative midfield player (I prefer Riquelme above Deco, but if it would be Deco; it would be also fantastic)
    f) Keep Martins and Owen and make new deals without stupid clauses in it!!!!

  • nightfall

    Jul 9, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    gallas is avalible? wtf are we waiting for!? Sam…GET HIM!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Obafan – OK – let’s get Sam on the phone 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    nightfall – not sure if he is available – great player – would be great at Newcastle – and he can play across back line.

  • Soren

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Heinze for LB!! He would be an awesome signing for our troubled left back position.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 9, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Valle, if ya notice with every signing so far the first thing they have said is that they were very impressed with Sams plans and that they want to be part of it, Sam is obviously planning for Newcastle to be fighting for the title within a couple of years where as Arsenal seem to be going the other way so i think Sam could persuade Gallas aswell. Thats what i think anyway .

  • nightfall

    Jul 9, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed – you do that 🙂 if there’s chance, we must do anything to get him… together with terry (at chelsea) and thuram (in france national team) he made the defense bulet proof 🙂 he’s in my perfect XI… the best DLC in the world… with him on board, christina ronaldo (supposedly the best player in the world?!?!) can just go f*** herself…:)

  • jacobmannjones

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    £4M for Gabriele Heinze? Allardyce would be foolish to not take a flyer on this one. That £4M would be well spent on the LB, further strengthening the side. Though ManU would lose some depth with the move and it’s not one that they have to make, unless possibly a partial for an Owen move?

    Though I think another poster may be onto something in this thread, as the big signing that many on Tyneside have been clamouring for will come from La Liga and be a striker that would automatically be amongst the best in the EPL. Hence making Owen a bit expendable, I think Big Sam is starting to sense that he may very well be on his way out of SJP. I know that that isn’t going to be a popular statement around here but it seems that it’s what may be in the offing.

  • Obafan

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, have you already contacted BS?? 😉

  • Cathal

    Jul 9, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #19

    i think we all agree about heinze, wud b a fantastic signing as 1. hes cheap (4m) 2.hes a brilliant full back 3. SA wud love him cos hes tough out and good in the air 4.already proven in english football!
    OBAFAN-totally agree about habib beye, i think your spot on, he wud b fantastic, and especially with heinze ant left back we wud hav full backs to match any team in the world.
    i do think u are being fairly optimistic about riquelme, not a hope in hell well get him!!
    NIGHTFALL-i totally disagree about gallas, hes not a very courageous defender, doesnt put his head where it hurts and is not fully committed, like defenders such as our taylor and chelseas terry! 2nd of all hes in it for the money, he left the champions even tho he was playin over 35 games a season, over half at centre back bcos they wudnt pay him £90,000 and i dont blame them.
    and anyway why is he even being mentioned on this site-he wants to leave arsenal cos hes not satisfied with 3rd place! remind me agen where we came in the table last yr!!

  • valle

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Cockney Magpie… Well u wont hear any complayning from me if he does arrive =)


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