Sam Allardyce has hit a problem with trying to bring in PSG defender Mario Yepes.
The Newcastle boss has identified Yepes â€“ nicknamed Super Mario â€“ as another defender he would like to bring in before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
As always Sam is looking for a good deal and over the weekend the transfer fee was quoted as â‚¤1.7M. However, the Evening Chronicle is revealing that Sam wants to sign Yepes on a free transfer. PSG on the other hand value him at â‚¤2M. and apparently Yepes is not too keen on coming to Tyneside so that Newcastle’s medical team can run the rule over him and his fitness.
PSG’s Columbian center-back Mario Yepes – Super Mario
Sam seems very likely to be able to bring Brazilian Edmilson to the club in January who would come for a fairly low price tag â€“ given that his contract at Barcelona runs out next June so Sam has some leverage on forcing a good deal for Yepes. If he doesn’t want to come â€“ so be it â€“ we only want players here who want to come and play under Big Sam’s big revolution.Some playing information on Yepes:
Mario Alberto Yepes DÃaz (born January, 1976 in Cali) is a 6’1″ Colombian footballer, currently playing in central defense with PSG. Mario Yepes started his career with Cortulua, and was a forward before Cortulua (59 games and 4 goals) converted him to a center back. He transferred to Deportivo Cali (61 games 7 goals) from Cortulua in 1998. He won two Colombian championships with Deportivo Cali and then in 1999, he joined CA River Plate, Argentina (79 games and 7 goals) , where he became well known and won two Argentinian championships.
Mario signed for FC Nantes (73 games and 2 goals) in January 2002 where his nickname was â€œEl Reyâ€ – â€œThe Kingâ€. He became an outstanding central defender in the French League and joined PSG (88 games and 8 goals) â€“ when his nickname changed to “Super Mario”. He is currently said to be the most highly paid Ligue 1 player, earning the equivalent of 250K euros per month. That translates to about â‚¤2M/year or about â‚¤40K/week – which wouldn’t be a problem to Newcastle. Mario Yepes also plays for the Colombian national team (35 games â€“ 1 goal) and won the Copa America with them in 2001.
We think Mario would be a good buy for Newcastle and add lots of competition to the central defense – but with Edmilson very likely arriving in January – and Newcastle already having center-backs Taylor, Rozehnal and Cacapa – will this be overkill?
Let us know what you think – comments very welcome.