It took a long time coming but finally some news that Newcastle may be interested in taking Gabriele Heinze from Manchester United for around Â£4M. That would be a very good price for the Argentine International.
Heinze signed for Manchester United in 2004 for a fee of around Â£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.
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 â€“ from some of the comments we’ve received.
He turned 29 years old last April (born in Crespo, Argentina) and is 5’10â€ 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.