Add Granero To Newcastle’s Summer Transfer Targets


Newcastle and Tottenham seem to be after the same players come this summer’s transfer window.

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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 £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 Míchel 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 – 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
2007–2008  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.

What do you think about Granero? Please let us know.

Comments very welcome.



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77 comments so far

  • toon4lyf

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds ok but i think we should buy
    julio arca
    d allsandro
    palleta
    crouch
    bridge

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  • rob

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #2

    well we should take a risk

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  • Spyro

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #3

    why would you want a player who ruined what was left of Shearers career?

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Arca fell on shearer by mistake there was no malice i was there

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Is palletta the guy who lasted 5 minutes at Liverpool

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Good player but Real want him back to play. His release clause is something like 25 mil aswell!

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  • Bill F

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Is that the same D’Alessandro who was briefly at the Smoggies. I see he is back in Argentina, I remember seeing him a few seasons back in the Argentina league and I can’t remember any player who was fouled as much as he was. I was amazed he managed to finish any matches.
    He took it all though and never stopped trying would be a great buy for us.

    I see that Chelski might be going to offer 25M for Huntelaar. Despite all of his goals I am not convinced he will shape up in the EPL, still rather have Crouch or Gomis.

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  • Ross

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Chelski have a habit of that Bill F and they never seem to learn, so let them do it.
    if he pulls it off, fair play to them.
    but look at sheva, fair enough he hasnt been terrible but for the player he is and the reputation he had, i’d be disappointed if i was a chelski fan.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Bill F i thought D’Allassandro was at pompey?

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  • Bill F

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets not forget that it is petty cash for the oil baron, Ashley is a pauper by comparison.

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  • Bill F

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Craigg is there more than one, perhaps we are getting confused with different players, I am sure the one I was thinking of was on the Argie highlights this week.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #12

    I remember Boro having a few brazilians, but maybe youre right i just cant think of any argies playing for them

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  • Bill F

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Any Smoggies having a look at our site, if so can you sort this out as I am not sure either. I really thought they had this guy and I thought he was an Argie.

    Or does any of our encyclopeadic regulars know?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #14

    D’Alessandro played for pompey.

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  • Bill F

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Just off to watch Benidorm, has to be one of the best p*ss takes ever of Brits abroad. Anyone else watch it.

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  • Tom

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #16

    hmmm goal to game record doesnt look right good.

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #17

    isnt arca an argie bargie?

    d’elasandro or whatevr his name is, is an angry bloke like.

    never seen granero but he is a central midfielder which is what we need so good…

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I think Benidorm is OK im more of an Al Murray man myself

    A likeable londoner theres a first time for everything

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  • Leo

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #19

    am recording it for later bill. johnny vegas is a legend

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Arca is an argie playing for Smogs but i think this was a while ago 05-06 i think, Defo played at pompey he had a shit mohawk i remember him playing at SJP

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Benidorm, what a show.

    Also Balls of Steel, that is the way forward.

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  • Bob

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Has anyone here seen Granero play on a regular basis?

    I thought he was great during Getafe vs Spurs (Jol’s last game) but one game isn’t enough to tell. The whole Spurs team was terrible that day so….

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  • Nick C

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I would love Arca here. I think he would be a mint signing.

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Watch Jimmy Carr ‘Comedian’, funny as fook!!! 🙂

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  • CC

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #25

    D’Alessandro was at Portsmouth on loan and is Argentinian, Arca played for Smogys then Mackems also Argentinian. Would not welcome either in a black n white shirt.

    If we buy any young up and coming players it will be a gamble… obviously?! Otherwise they’d be established, valued @ £10 million and upwards like Richards, Walcott, Ismael Aissati, Pato, Bale, Sergio Aguero and we won’t be getting anybody like that in the summer!

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  • Lee

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #26

    BOB

    Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of Granero – He is a very, very good player and could well play for he national squad in the summer at the euros. Don’t be put off by the fact that Real let him go, he only went out on loan and that has more to with Real Madrid’s inability to incorporate youth players in to the first team – than it does Granero’s talent. Real will spend to satisfy an egomanaiacal president before they are even aware of the talent under their very noses. I’ve seen a lot of Granero and am sure he would make a good premiership player – I’m not how sure Real are willing to let him go though and he may well go back to Real.

    There is a short profile of him on my site:

    http://spanishfootball.typepad.com/la_liga_review/2008/02/esteban-granero.html

    Not sure if I’m allowed to link like that – hope you dont think I’m spamming.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Arca has been shocking for Boro of late.

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  • scottish mag

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    tom toon boro are shocking lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #29

    true

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Did anyone see MOTD last weekend David Wheater ” Well win the north-east mini league no worries” Someone should tell him Boro is actually in Yorkshire, I hate this myth about boro being a major rival to us the only rivallry i see is against those pieces of shit we face next week.

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #31

    On that note everyone knows we will be flooded by mackems this time next week

    Mackemrubberjohnny who says Consett is a shithole despite living in Sunderland!

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  • scottish mag

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #32

    does anyone think we have a chance of getting lucho gonzalez from porto i think he would fit in well with the team

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  • toon4lyf

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #33

    naw arca has been playing well did u wtch there match v united

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  • dkmagpie

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I watch Getafes mathes every week, and I really hope they buy Granero. Maybe 10M is too expensive, but he has been playing very well this season. He use to play as left winger for Getafe and he have a very good shoot from distance, good vision and very good passing skills like the rest of the getafe team. And he is only 20 years old.

    But i would prefere De La Red from the same team. He just got a call-up to the spanish national team, and is maybe the main reason for Getafes succes this season. He best position is a playmaker, but can also play defensive midfielder and central defender. Has no weaknesses. But i thinkhe go to Real Madrid next season unfortunatly.

    But there is also Juan Albin and Pablo Hernandez from Getafe. All good passing players who is influenced of Michal Laudrup attack-minded style.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #35

    No, why would i watch boro.

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  • toon4lyf

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #36

    aye lucho is mint

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  • toon4lyf

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #37

    well how do you no arca has been playing bad then

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  • Spyro

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #38

    point lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Speaking to boro fans and well they show his worst and best bit on MOTD and lets say his best bits havent been good and his worst bits have been very bad!

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  • CRAIGG

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #40

    I tell you what STEVEN DAVIS was amazing for Rangers the other day and looks back to his Villa player of the year best again, better than a risky lad from spain surely…

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