The main news today seems to be that we’ve been offered Real Madrid attacking midfielder Julio Baptista.
Julio Baptista – future again under speculation
It’s not the first time we’ve been linked with Baptista, and the fact that Real Madrid are coming to Newcastle with the player, is not a particularly good sign.
It seems they are more willing to get rid of him than other clubs may be of signing him.
Julio is deemed surplus to requirements at Madrid, and he spent a season at Arsenal from 2006-2007, but Arsene Wenger decided not to pick up the option to buy him last summer.
Julio has played around 59 times for Real Madrid since 2005, with 11 goals, and he played 24 times for Arsenal last year with 11 goals.
He could not however nail down a first team place at Arsenal, and Newcastle were even linked with the player last summer, as he eventually returned to Madrid.
The 6ft tall attacking midfielder has played 41 times for Brazil and scored 10 goals, and started his career in Sao Paulo back in 2000. He played for Seville from 2003 before joining Real Madrid three years ago.
Baptista started last season well, and he was able to keep Guti on the bench, but towards the end of the season he again lost his place in the team, which has led to more speculation regarding his future. Guti has of course played over 340 times for the Real Madrid powerhouse.
Newcastle are now among a number of English clubs who have been alerted to his availability.
Apparently Tottenham have already been offered the player and have turned down the chance to sign him.
We think we should do the same as Tottenham, because we can do better, but we will certainly need to speed up our incoming players, that’s for sure, with just one week before pre-season training starts.
What do you think?