The News of the World is reporting today that Newcastle United have made an inquiry about World Player of the Year Ronaldinho.
Since Newcastle have been doing quite a bit of negotiating with Barcelona for players Edmilson, Gudjohnsen and perhaps Deco – it’s not totally surprising Newcastle may have asked about Ronaldinho.
But we need to build our squad up first and seek European qualification – before we look to sign these types of world class players – which we will need to eventually to make Newcastle into a top European side – which is owner Mike Ashley’s goal.
English Billionaire and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was told Ronaldinho would cost around Â£58M if he wanted to follow up his interest in the Brazilian superstar. If Liverpool value Fernando Torres at Â£27M and youngster Ryan Babel at around Â£11M (we think those players are not good value for the money â€“ although they are good players) then we suppose that’s a reasonable price for Ronaldinho.
A Newcastle source told the News of the World:
“During the discussions Ronaldinhoâ€™s name came up.”
“Newcastle asked about his availability but were told Barcelona would not consider anything less than Â£58m.”
“Obviously Mike Ashley is a billionaire but it remains to be seen whether even he would sanction a deal of that magnitude.”
Ashley has been reported to want to bring a global superstar to Newcastle to signal his intent to turn Newcastle into a global football brand and European powerhouse – following his Â£130m takeover of the club. There’s nothing wrong with that but let’s concentrate on Newcastle’s inadequacies first â€“ like our defense and get a solid season in next year to at least qualify for Europe.
Next summer will be the time to step up our search for world class players â€“ once we can offer them at least European football. We think it’s just too early to be thinking of the Ronaldinhos of the football world. Even if Newcastle paid the Brazilian Â£200K/week there’s not too much more to offer him at Newcastle right now â€“ certainly not the weather he is used to in sunny Spain.
No â€“ we think Newcastle should continue with Sam Allardyce’s careful acquisition of experienced and productive players who just happen to be available for low prices in the current market. That’s because Sam has already done his homework on who would be available in the summer and we suppose if he was still at Bolton some of the players already signed by Sam would now be at Bolton. Allardyce will bring in at least four defenders to shore up Newcastle’s ailing defense which should be a much tighter outfit next season.
As Newcastle have found out in the past high transfer fees for players does not guarantee the player is good – and this smacks a little of the way Newcastle operated in the past – bring in a superstar when other inadequacies in the team were plain to see. The attempted acquisition a few years ago of Wayne Rooney comes to mind – when our defense at that time was just terrible (and still was last season).
First things first – let’s put a solid squad together first, qualify for Europe and then go after some world class players next summer. Maybe Sam doesn’t need Ashley’s money this summer – so why spend it just because it’s available.
We don’t expect this view to be held by all Newcastle fans – so let’s hear your comments.