Last week’s proposed move to Levante for Newcastle’s Albert Luque broke down at the last moment because of Albert Luque’s personal terms.
The situation now is that both Big Sam and the player himself believe it is best that he leave Newcastle because his chances of first team action this season do not look good.
That’s even after Luque has shown good form when involved in Newcastle’s pre-season games where he scored 3 good goals.
Albert Luque – time to move on from Newcastle?
We don’t know what Luque’s wages are at Newcastle other than they are big, and estimates put them at â‚¤60K/week. From a business viewpoint that’s a lot of money to be paying out to a fringe player.
And those wage demands have put off a lot of clubs, which is not surprising and was caused by some bad management by Newcastle in the past, under Souness and Shepherd. We are told by the Newcastle Journal that Holland now appears a likelier destination for Luque than his initial preferred Spain.
Ajax are apparently leading the chase and Dutch sources last night confirmed that officials had traveled from Amsterdam to Tyneside to discuss a deal at St James’ Park. An agreement has not yet been reached but news is that Luque is expected to end his Newcastle employment before next weekâ€™s deadline.
We don’t think this will be easy to achieve because we’ve been down this road before including last January when Luque was thought to be moving to PSV. The stumbling block is that it looks like Luque will not move unless he gets the wages guaranteed by Newcastle in his contract, which still has another 3 years to run.
Newcastle could offload Luque just for the wages gain which are â‚¤3M per year but losing the transfer fee of â‚¤9.5M in 2 years on a player is very bad business and not something savvy businessmen like to do. We’re sure Newcastle will want to recuperate at least some of that.
While we think it’s best for both Newcastle and the player to move on, it may be that Luque himself has to take a wage cut if his nightmare time at Newcastle is to end before next Friday. We do hope that some agreement can be reached but don’t believe it when the news is that it’s expected to be agreed. This deal has a number of possible stumbling blocks, as we’ve seen in the past. We’ll just have to wait and see how things go this time – and maybe keep our fingers crossed that a deal can be worked out.