Newcastle and Tottenham seem to be after the same players come this summer’s transfer window.
Esteban Granero – promising 20 year-old central midfield player
The latest player that both clubs are reported to be interested in is Real Madrid’s exciting midfielder Esteban Granero, and he’s just 20 years old.
Esteban would presumably fit between the youth players Newcastle will sign and the senior players we will sign, but no doubt if Newcastle can persuade him to come to Tyneside in the summer, he will go straight into the first team squad.
His transfer fee of Â£10M seems huge for a person of his age with limited first team experience. Hugo Viana, who was a flop at Newcastle for about the same fee, and was the young European Footballer of the Year when he signed for the club in June 2002, immediately comes to mind.
But it seems like Estevan, who stands 5’10” and is a central midfielder, is destined for fame as a football player, when you look at his history so far. Esteban joined the youth ranks of Real Madrid when he was just eight years old in 1996, and has displayed his footballing talent ever since.
In one single season he scored 83 goals in the Under-10 division, and in 1999 he captained the Under-12 B team that won the International Football-7 Tournament held in Barcelona by defeating the host side 1-0, with his overtime goal. He was named the best player of the competition.
He joined Real Madrid at the age of 17, and in that same season he debuted with Real Madrid Castilla, which is Real’s reserve team who play in the Spanish second division – the Spanish Segunda.
Granero then made the jump to Castilla in 2006-07, and slowly earned the confidence of coach MÃchel until finally becoming a regular starter.
Last August 31, the last day of the summer transfer window, Granero moved to Getafe CF, on a one year loan. Getafe play in the Spanish First Division â€“ the La Liga. Here’s Esteban’s career record so far:
Years Club App Goals 2004-2006 Real Madrid C 48 9 2006-2007 Real Madrid Castilla 31 4 2007â€“2008 Getafe (loan) 34 6
Reports suggest that Real Madrid are willing to let him move on, but if he’s that good we wonder why they would let him go.
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