Time Almost Up For Newcastle On Pablo Aimar

News today that Pablo Aimar’s agent believes that the Argentine attacking midfielder will soon be moving to Benfica.


Pablo Aimar – will soon be a Benfica player

The 28-year-old, who was always leaving Spanish club Real Zaragoza, after they were relegated from La Liga last season, was said to be interested in a more lucrative move to the English Premier league.

Newcastle United, Everton and Portsmouth were reported to be interested in the 51 times capped Argentine, but there’s no evidence that any English club bid for the player, and he may end up at Benfica after all.

Aimar’s agent, Gustavo Mascardi told Portuguese newspaper Record today:

“I’m awaiting at the moment a phone call from (Zaragoza owner) Agapito Iglesias telling me that Benfica’s money has arrived.”

“As things stand, Aimar will be a player at the Portugese club.”

Pablo is available for a reported cut-price £6M, after Real Zaragoza paid £10M for him just a couple of years ago from Valencia, but now have to unload him to cut the wage bill.

We can only assume that Newcastle are not interested in the player, or else we would at least have put in a bid.

We had thought all along, that Pablo would have been a good buy for the club, and we certainly need a few experienced recruits, before the end of August.

Seems like we can cross Pablo off the list now.

Comments welcome.

145 comments so far

  • Mehzeb

    Jul 13, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think we were interested in him at all. Just paper-talk, considering we signed two players who no one even mentioned to have been interesting us.

  • Leo

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #2

    common sence previals really, he would just be a typical big name signing for newcastle no doubt and would just pick up his pay cheque

  • oga

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Doesn’t look like we’re interested, which is a shame. I like the idea of bringing in youngsters, but we do need to mix it up with some experience. We’re also dying for some flair. If we got rid of Duff and brought in Aimar we’d be a lot stronger IMO.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    He does just sound like he wants his last pay check.

    Dun, dun, dun, another one bites the dust…

    Dun, dun, dun another one bites the dust.

  • cooldj

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #5

    sweet-don’t want him

    another person skysports says we aren’t getting is some benfica player called di maria. what’s he like tom toon?? won’t actually be able to reply now but i’ll read your response later if you’ve seen him play!! 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Read the Inler thread around 75 comments, already been talking about Di Maria.

  • Danny

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Thats too bad, i would really have thought he would’ve been a great player for us, if we’d just put the money in.
    I think he’s a fantastic player, and very expirienced aswell, and he would fit great into the premier league.
    Oh well, continue dreaming…

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I pretty sure the club simply wasnt interested, heÅ› made it clear he would jump at the chance of joining and the price is hardly huge. I honestly think he would simply have gone through the motions, another Kluivert who has lost their love of the game but not the cash.

    Thereĺl be other irons in the fire.

  • oga

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #9

    The more I think about it, the more I think SWP is our target.

  • beye the great

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #10

    he would have potentially been a brilliant sugning we need some 1 that can create things from the centre of midfield which aimar as long as he could adapt to the league would have done

  • Davies

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #11

    That would be nice. I like SWP, but I can’t see him heading for the North East. We’ve got some decent players that side of the pitch anyway.

  • Andrew

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I cant see it being SWP even though i would love it to be. hes not in the 1-3 million bunch of players is he…

  • Davies

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #13

    On a more worrying note, I keep seeing the story about Duff for Anton Ferdinand. I’d rather keep Duff than have that dickhead playing for us.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    You’d rather keep Duff?!?!? Then you are the dickhead, nah only joking mate but you cant be serious?!?! Duff is well, Duff and shocking slow.

  • Mac

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree Tom get rid of Duff he’s less than useless. Used to ge a decnt player,not anymore. While we’re on get rid of Smith and Ameobi that sould bring in between 10 and 12 million for nnew recruits.

  • oga

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #16

    I cant see Wright Phillips surviving under Scholari. He’s definitely gone this summer. The reason I think its a possibility is because Keegan obviously prefers premiership players, and he knows SWP really well.

    In terms of wingers Guttierez was apparantly very effective down the left last season. This makes way for one of Duff or Nzogbia to go meaning we’re left with just Milner down the right again.

    The fact we’ve heard little about it is also a good sign.


    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #17

    TT – dont want either!!
    I hope we start getting some quality player into the squad and get rid of the rubbish soon!!??!!?? to start pre – season??


    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #18

    I would love SWP come to NUFC but I think he’ll join Portsmouth!?!

  • Ross G

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Very good news, a player that never lived up to expectations, and is clearly looking for a last big pay day before he plays for Boca into retirement. He is another player that isnt much better than Emre. I want us to look for all action midfielders not just pure all out attack flair players. We need a couple of Essien types. I wish we went for Emana, Sessegnon, Diarra, Mavuba, Kallstrom, all these are possible and if we got a good holding player too would be amazing in midfield unfortunetly Mavuba just signed for Lille, but I would sign these players: Collocini/Kompany, Rat, Mavuba, Emana, Gomis. My team 451: Given, Beye, Taylor, Kompany, Rat, DM – Mavuba, AMC – Emana, AMC – Barton/Owen (off a striker like last yr), AMR: Gutierrez, AML: N’Zogbia/Milner FW – Gomis. Bench: Harper, Faye, Enrique, Butt, Viduka, Duff

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #20

    pablo aimar would have been a keegan type signing maybe 5 years ago, i just think the guy aint what he used to be, but who we are looking at as the creative midfield player am not sure but i dont think its aimar…. but at the mo that is excastly what we are missing… craft…

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #21

    We were never interested and it appears it was all his agent stirinh things up and attempting to get him a better contract in PL…..Surprise, surprise!

    He just doesnt seem to be the type of player we’re going for at the present time.

  • Kaler

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #22

    How much you reckon we’d have to cough up for SWP? £10mil? More? I think he is good target and would be a great signing for us, and its quite possible as hes not going to get a look in under Scolari and with him n KK being chums. SWP should remember that it was KK that had him playing some of the best football of his career.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

    @entertainers i think ya bang on there kid, he is looking for another 3 year big money contract in europe, i honestly dont think he was ever on the radar otherwise he would have signed cos teams in epl pay more bottom line… if we are gonna stay with this young policy why give loads of money to a guy who lets face it would probs be another kluivert, we had our fingers burnt once i saw kluivert on osboune road on the peev all the time whats the point???

  • mikeygd

    Jul 13, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #24

    07.13.08 at 6:50 pm IN
    Park Ji Sung


  • The Entertainers

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #25

    @ norm

    Why thanks pa!……ha ha

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #26

    ross i wouldnt play taylor in front of faye like but i understand where ya coming from, but i think vincent kompany would cost serious dollars maybe 12 to 14 mill which just aint gonna happen…

  • ende

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Why are people still on about SWP?

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #28

    entertainers am sure you are my illegitimate love child lol….

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #29

    I would hate SWP to be here, talk about lacking end product.

    Ross G – Emana is terrible but Mavuba was great at Bordeaux havent seen him recently.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #30

    mikey am not knocking ya choices but for me no way like Park Ji Sung is very overated but sells lots of shirts,Pavlichenko would take pobgrenyak over him all day long, am with you on Bouhlourouz i would take a chance coz he never really got that at chelski,would also keep geremi and butt as a squad players….

  • harrier

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #31

    normski you see my last post?

  • Kaler

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye whats the deal with Boulahrouz he’s got to be on his way out of Chelski in search of first team football. How is he, 25, 26ish? Might be worth a punt, can play centre half and full back.

  • Nick C

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Geoffo from a previous thread claimed he had success in telling all we had signed Jonas before anyone else. Geoffo, I would love to see eveidence this as it would agreat deal of backup to your claims we definitely will be getting Inler etc.
    Howay GEOFFO . Give us summat great to tlk abut!!

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #34

    yes i did harrier me and you are cool at skool kid no beefs here thanks mate, i have enough enemys without any from my own crew … respect due to you boss!!!!!

  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Park Ji Sung aint overrated, if anything, he is underrated. He is a good player that can do everything but shoot, works so, so, sooo hard and is a great professional.

    Park Ji Sung is a fantastic player to use in so many situations

  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #36

    thank god we missed the S.S. BIGPAYDAY

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #37

    have to argee to disagree spyro aint my type of player very head down….

  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #38

    fair enough, me personally, i would swap him for any of our current midfielders

    Man U will never let him go though, as someone has already said, he is probably what is selling shirts over there now Beckham is gone

  • normski1930z

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #39

    spyro would you swap for a top form nzog?? playin his heart out in b n white coz ah wouldnt..

  • Spyro

    Jul 13, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #40

    i love zog…or used to. Was my favourite player, but Park ji Sung is all together more useful than Zog.

    Can play anywhere in midfield. Is good defensively, good offensively, bags of energy and a model professional. He is the type of player who wont play a competitive match for about 3 months, and then come on and set the standard. He plays every match like a cup final


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