Newcastle Show Interest In Juan Vargas

News today that Newcastle United are about to join the race for left-sided Peru star Juan Manuel Vargas, who currently plays for Catania in the Italian Serie A league.


Juan Vargas – 24 year old Peruvian International

The 24-year-old is said to be also interesting both Inter Milan and Fiorentina, as well as clubs in Spain, with a move away from Sicily almost certain to take place in the summer.

Vargas’ versatility – he can play full-back or in midfield – will be an appealing factor to Kevin Keegan. But again we may not be too well placed for the player, since we can offer no European Football next year.

The Lima-born Juan has played 65 times for Catania and scored 7 goals since 2006, and has so far played 15 times for Peru scoring 2 goals.

If he’s anything like another Peruvian we know about he’ll do just great and no doubt Kevin will be calling Nobby Solano, to get hisviews on the player.

Vargas is valued at around £6M by his club.

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • cooldj

    May 25, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity

    good player. hopefully as LB cover for enrique and LM cover for the zog but that’s just me hoping zoggy will stay 🙂

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 25, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    cooldj camps at this site 24/7 just to get the wall virginity…

    anyway 6 mil seems too much for an unknown player.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, he is off to Real Madrid.

    Very similar to the Rise 2 seasons ago, a good player.

  • TomPoon

    May 25, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Sounds like a good buy although I have never seen him play.

    Would rather have Wayne Bridge. Could be available with all the uproar ar Chelski

  • m.

    May 25, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    he played like a world-beater against ac milan in the coppa italia. looks like to be a great player, with pace, like beye.

    off: f**k, milner and the kids’ hair look just like mine… i’ll shave it up


    May 25, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #6

    do like the sound of this guy.

    Tom Toon – do we really have no chance? even if he spoke to wor Nobby!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    The lure of the prem is great, no matter what team, but the latest i heard was that he is on the verge of joining Real Madrid.

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    More crap just another name thrown into the ring. I will believe when i see who ever it may be in a press conference with KK and CASHLEY sitting either side of their new signing.

  • seetow

    May 25, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    i like this guy. watched the match between catania and ac milan.. he was tremendous! like twice the player of the bernard of old if any of you still remember him and not the ugly crap who was permanently injured a few seasons back..

  • nate dawg

    May 25, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #10

    remember bernard at his prime he was decent, and we aint filled the left back position since he went,dont no why he ever went . rangers werent it?

  • seetow

    May 25, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    went to southampton first i think for 400k before being released to join rangers. after he got released from rangers and we took him back, he was utter shite.

  • ToonKing

    May 25, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #12

    yeah, i heard that he’s off toe Madrid, plus i don’t think the Premiership interests him to much cause Pompey were after him before he went to Italy and he chose Catania over them.

    a great player none the less, no pain in trying.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #13

    best left back in the world

  • seetow

    May 25, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    actually i really rate adriano of sevilla

  • ronaldeano

    May 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #15

    hahahahah, more paper trash! 🙂

    Nobody knows our targets apart from KK and the recruitment team

  • scottish mag

    May 25, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    i heard last week he was about to reject madrid

    very good player

  • Leo

    May 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #17

    he cant be the best left back in the world, jose enrique is GG7

  • ToonKing

    May 25, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    no he’s not Leo :D…………… Beye is the best right back in the world though.

  • cooldj

    May 25, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #19

    toon ksk is camp… in general haha

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #20

    This is a player i would love to see at the toon but …..i dont think so.(good tune aswell lol)

  • toonoholic

    May 25, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Quaresma however has already rejected a move to Munich, joking “In Germany, it always seems very cold!”

  • richie

    May 25, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #22

    like everyone on the blog, iv been increasingly frustrated about transfer targets etc and how much wel have and who we can get

    it has just occured to me that a route we could take is to buy relatively cheap young players


    eagles 3 mill?
    scannell 4 mill?
    garven 4 mill?
    shane long 2.5 mill?
    johny evans 4.5mill?
    song 4 mill?
    kilgallon 3.5 mill?

    total= 25.5 million total expenditure

  • richie

    May 25, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    tom toon spyro etc , id b interested to see wat u thought on this…

  • cooldj

    May 25, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #24

    imo we’d still be lacking of actual quality in CM and of decent CF cover not to mention our defence where we’re short at CB LB and RB. these players could be very good but they aren’t ready plus i think there are better out there than eagles, garven, kilgallon ect.

  • BigAlsbike

    May 25, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Walter smutt does not look too comfortable when asked about a possible bid coming in for Carlos Cuellar.
    Dont want him any way i could do well in jock land.
    Splash the cash ash

  • richie

    May 25, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #26

    cooldj- i see where ur coming from, perhaps the players we already have viduka owen butt etc could help the likes of eagles get to the next level, iv said many times on this blog garven is destined for the top in centre mid, at this stage id settle for this cheap young route ,,,,the more i think about it , i doubt wel even get turan / dunne etc altho id like t b proved wrong

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #27

    that list of players richie is disgusting

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #28

    anything on turan fellas?

  • richie

    May 25, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #29

    haha geordie g well it jus shows how much faith i have of us making big signings, i hope im wrong

  • Oba

    May 25, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Yes, got something on Turan that I can translate;

    Arda’nın rotası Everton
    22 Mayıs 2008

    İngiliz kulübü, G.Saray’ın yıldızı için 10 milyon sterlini gözden çıkardı.

    Milli futbolcuyu renklerine bağlamaya kararlı olan Evertonlılar önümüzdeki günlerde sarı kırmızılılarla temasa geçecek. Tarafların anlaşmaya varması halinde bu transferin 10 gün içinde sonuçlanacağı belirtildi.

    GALATASARAY’ın ve A Milli Takım’ın genç yıldızı Arda Turan, İngiliz kulüplerini peşinden koşturuyor.

    Sarı kırmızılı takımın ÅŸampiyonluÄŸunda büyük payı olan Arda, Newcastle United’ın ardından bir diÄŸer Premier Lig takımı olan Everton’ın da yakın markajında…

    Ä°ngiliz basınının, “Newcastle, Arda için 11 milyon sterlini gözden çıkardı” haberlerinin ardından, Galatasaray Kulübü BaÅŸkanı Adnan Polat, “Åžartlar uygun olur, Arda da gitmek isterse transferine izin veririz. Biz köle ticareti yapmıyoruz” açıklaması yapmıştı.

    Bu sözlerin ardından İngiltere Premier Lig takımlarından Everton da Arda için devreye girdi. Everton’ın milli futbolcunun bonservisi için 10 milyon sterlini (yaklaşık 24 milyon YTL) gözden çıkardığı öğrenildi.

    Para kazandırmak istiyor

    Milli futbolcunun menajeri Ahmet Bulut, “Arda’nın adı Newcastle United’la geçiyor. Oysa, onunla yakından ilgilenen tek kulüp var. O da Everton. Ä°ngiliz kulübünün yöneticileri, Arda’yı transfer etmek istiyorlar ve bonservisi için 10 milyon sterlini gözden çıkardılar” dedi.

    Arda’nın da Ä°ngiltere’de futbol oynamaya sıcak baktığını ifade eden Bulut, ÅŸunları söyledi: “Arda, futbol hayatını Avrupa’da iyi bir takımın forması altında sürdürmek istiyor. Galatasaray’ın alt yapısından yetiÅŸip milli takıma kadar yükselmiÅŸ bir futbolcu olarak, transferinde kulübünün de para kazanmasını istiyor. Çünkü Arda, Galatasaray sayesinde buralara geldi.

    Everton ve Galatasaray kulüplerinin yöneticileri önümüzdeki günlerde bir araya gelip, transfer görüşmelerine baÅŸlayacak. Transferin gerçekleÅŸmemesi için bir engel göremiyorum. EÄŸer anlaÅŸma saÄŸlanırsa, Arda’nın Everton’a transferi 10 gün içerisinde sonuçlanabilir.”

    Which in English approximately means;

    Arda on course for Everton

    22 Mayıs 2008

    English club prepared to spend £10m on Galatasaray star

    National team player wants to give up the red and yellow (GS strip) and wear Everton’s colours. If all sides agree the transfer will; be concluded in 10 days.

    Engliosh clubs are chasing GS star Arda.

    Arda who played such a big role in winning the (Turkish) championship for the red and yellows is being followedf closely by Newcastle and now Everton.

    According to the English press Newcastle have offered £11m and GS club chairman Adnan polat has announced ‘If the conditions are right and the player agrees we can sell. We’re not in the slave trade”

    On the back of this announcement it has been learned that English team Everton have also jumped in offering £10m (around 24 million Turkish lira)

    He wants to earn money

    The player’s agent Ahmet Bulut said “Arda’s name has been linked with Newcastle
    Utd but there’s only one club showing strong interest and that’s Everton. The English club’s officials want to buy Arda for £10m.

    Claiming that Arda wants very much to play in England Bulut said “Arda wants to develop his career at a good club in Europe. Galatasaray wants money to develop their infrastructure and are prepared to sell this player who they have nurtured up to international level. It’s thanks to GS that he’s got this far.”

    “Officials from everton and GS will meet over the next few days to begin talks. I don’t see any problem in this going ahead. If they agree he’ll be an Everton player in 10 days.

    Oh ffs. Missed out on yet another player.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    we will do better than that mate, anyone think lillian thuram is worth a punt on a free, i do. cover the whole back four. there was an interview with turan and emre yesterday and turan said he has not hid his desire to joun us, emre coudnt stop smiling throughout the interview, this is from my little turkish mate.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #32

    oba, already heard about that one mate, its not a v.realiable source though

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Oba – What paper?

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #34

    hahaha Good old Ashley and crew missed another one PROBABLY, Modric, and now it seems Arda aswell as that other younging we were after, Ashley has no ambition up to now if all is true. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Geordie Gerrard have you got link of that Interview mate?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #36

    no its just what my little turkish friend said, i am trying to find it though mate, so ill let ya know

  • richie

    May 25, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #37

    yes thuram would b, maybe a one year deal,,back to wishful targets- does anyone know where gudjohnson is headed cause hed b a great signing if we could get em??

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Cheers Geordie Gerrard that would be appreciated.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 25, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #39

    yes thuram and turan would be great

  • Marat18

    May 25, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Arda’s goal against Urugiay.

    spot Emre’s congratulation – may be he said to Arda: “Next season mate we gonna get crowd at SJP going!”


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