Newcastle In Dramatic Late Move For Pablo Aimar

The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle are trying to sign Pablo Aimar, after south coast club Portsmouth have hesitated at the £7M asking price for the Argentine International.


Pablo Aimar – Newcastle and Portsmouth fight it out?

There is some confusion over this transfer because we had reported late yesterday that his agent Gustavo Mascardi told Portuguese newspaper Record on Sunday:

“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.”

Newcastle had been reported interested in the player for quite a while, and Portsmouth seemed to enter the race only last week.

But the Daily Mail is reporting today that Newcastle believe they can strike a deal with the Argentine midfielder’s team Real Zaragoza.

The Spanish club are desperate for cash having been relegated from the La Liga last season, and they have to sell their star player, to cut the wages costs. They signed Pablo for £10M from Valencia just two years ago, and the initial price Zaragoza wanted was quoted to be £6M.

It seems that £7M is clos,e and they are probably trying to get the very best deal they can, which isn’t surprising for a relegated club.

Aimar is expected to move to Portuguese giants Benfica unless a decent bid comes in from England, since it is understood the 51 times capped Argentine would like to play in the Premier league.

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is also a big admirer of Aimar, and the Mail is reporting they believe talks with Newcastle will be held over the next 24 hours.

One barrier to the signing could be his wages, as the Newcastle club are known to want to streamline their wage budget, but we think if this report is indeed true, Newcastle should be able to strike a deal, since a player of Aimar’s standing seems exactly what the club needs.

We think the signing would be well received by Newcastle’s loyal fans.

It turns out that Portsmouth had wanted to sign Aimar only on loan, after learning of his availability, but Newcastle want to buy the player outright.  It would appear that the deal may be on for the Tyneside club, if they can just reach a deal with both the player and Real Zaragoza.

It should also be a big help for Newcastle that they signed his Argentine team-mate Jonas Gutierrez just over a week ago, and Gutierrez seemed over the moon at his move to Tyneside.

We stress we don’t know if this report is true, but we definitely hope it is.

Stay tuned.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • Virgo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes, the first one. Amazing feeling…

  • ali

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #2

    would be nice, but in reality his agent is probably just trying to squeeze a little extra cash out of Benfica.


    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #3

    When we sign Aimar I will seriously consider switching teams. Also hope Shola stays.

  • Edd Case

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Really, really hope this is true.
    He is quality.
    Let’s hope he signs, along with Colocini


    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #5

    More BS!!!

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Im liking this!

  • Hadrian

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #7

    still not sure why the hell you report on the daily mail’s stories .
    has any actually came true ?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Funny how there is no mention at all about Benfica.

    The Daily Mail is a farce.

  • Nick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #9

    i would love it if we signed him!

    get him on around 40k a week, with add ons like owen is getting.

    bit of much needed class in our cm!

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t beleive we are after him

    It goes against everything that the club said they were going for…hes older 25 so ahsley wont like it and hasn’t it been said that the club will no longer buy stars ‘past their best’.

    Although i would have Aimar seeing we desperately need something to make is tick in midfield

  • Nizo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #11

    As mentioned before, we’re probably better off without. If indeed we’re sticking to the 4-3-3, I really wouldnt fancy Aimar playing in the centre of the midfield. That midfield last year was all about covering one another when getting back and feeding the front three. He could probably do the latter but doubt he would be willing to track back as much.

    Much rather prefer Stephen Appiah.


    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Is that not the way to go with all our players ! perfomance related wages!!

  • oga

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #13


    The source is a week behind all the other media outlets.

  • Hadrian

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Thomas Enevoldsen (20yr midfielder)from Aalborg BK .

    rumors we are in for him for around 3mill .

    tom_toon ?

    know owt about this lad

  • Ausgeordie

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d be happy if we got him but simply the fact that it is in all the papers would suggest we are not after him.

    Come on people think of someone none of us has mentioned and we might get close!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Hadrian, read the thread below, was a discussion about him.

  • Hadrian

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #17

    cheers tom , just read it .
    sounds promising , but im not even sure if some of these youngsters are being brought in to make the first team , any kind of exposure tothe prem send their valuations thru the roof .
    lot of cash tobe made bringing them in and flogging them on , guess thats just the cynic in me talking.

  • Malaysian Toon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Even though the thought of having Pablo Aimar in the Newcastle midfield excites me… he still the same player he was when it was all hype.
    I’d hate another Patrick Kluivert saga. …I know KK can rejuvenate anyone but….hope he’s not a has been coming in for a last big paycheck.

  • clinta

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Not happening, never was in my opinion, clearly to old and to expensive (for his age at least) for what the current nufc board are looking for,

    while i’ve always been a big fan of the guy, i’m glad he won’t be arriving too, as i just can’t see him being value for money for us over the next few years, due to his fee and wages.

    not what we need now- another disappointing superstar, have our fans learnt nothing over the past 6 years?

  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #20

    wouldnt seem so clinta

  • geordieboy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Robby Bobson, 25 and you’re past your best???
    Gee, I wonder if Burbatov knows that or even Arshavin who we were linked with.
    25 is in your prime, mate

  • Toon Al

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #22

    i really hope this turns out right

  • harrier

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #23

    geordieboy – I think he was trying to say that he is past his best, *and* recruiting him would go against the new age policy of 25 or less

  • Derdi4Toon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #24

    he’s still a decent player, esp. for like 5m and given the type of player he is/was. however if the club really hesitates on his wage and age, there are quite a few young, skilful and exciting SA players within reach (well after the Modric / Arda fiascos i think we may hv better luck signing young stars from SA than the continent). Falcao, Lavezzi, Buonanotte, Lautaro Acosta, Correia Adriano, just to name a few less well-known.

  • Oba's Mum

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Strange though it seems, I’vebeen told that we will sign him. What does this mean for Barton and Butt?

  • AussieToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #26

    obasmum – uve been told (whose you) the daily mail?

  • harrier

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #27

    if inler and him sign? good competition for cm as a change 🙂

  • Patrick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #28

    @Oba’s mum

    this is not going to affect Nicky Butt at all (Nicky is a defensive midfielder). It’s not all related to the position, but Barton will be shown the door unless he’s tame and sound as he started as in defensive midfielder with Man City a long time ago… let’s see what KK’s decision is…

    The most important thing is still that KK needs to sign Pablo Aimar first before we can talk about Barton’s fate because KK seems to allow him staying.

  • Aussie dave

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #29

    I would love to get Aimar, he is absolute quality, at his best.

    Its about time we had an attitude whereby we backed the pure quality of our midfiled to come out and pass teams off the park and dominate games, like Arsenal, Man U, etc do week in week out.

    If you put enough quality in midfield with guys who are comfortable on the ball even when being closed down and can pass , then winning games becomes much easier as you have more possesion.

    Last season our midfield was always selected based on defenece and maintaning a tight shape. Rather than creativity and technique.

    A midfield 3 of consisting of a good passer like Aimar, athletic holding midfileder and a dribbling player like either NZogbia or Gutirez with our lethal front 3 should be enough to cause most teams trouble.

  • GlennieToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Just Watching some clips of him from last season on YouTube he still looks good & he’s 28 DOB is (3rd Nov 1979) wikpedia

  • Aussie dave

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Patrick Barton’s fate should have nothing to do with Aimar,

    Joey for me is more suited to being a holding midfielder anyway, Butt and Barton to share the holding role, spend the money elsewhere.

    City had no quality thats why they needed him to do everyhting.

  • Patrick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #32

    @Aussie dave
    that’s true. Barton’s case is a separated one without any dependency.

    Anyway, Pablo should be a good lad. Besides, it is just showing us how much hard work the management has been doing. I am very satisfied.

    Man City… erm… was nothing except when KK was in charged!

  • Patrick

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Anyway, the working hour of England is approaching (now it’s their early morning). We shall see more news coming up.

  • Aussie dave

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #34


    do you think we will get him?

    i think we can if we are agressive enough.

    Wouldnt it be a nice change if for once another club was used as bait and we come in and steel the player.

  • Hadrian

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #35

    what do you mean aussie dave ?
    we just stole jonas from mallorca 😀

  • DarkStar

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #36

    I hope we are really after him. he’d be a quality signing imo.

    Reading some of the comments above and there seems to be a lot of supporters comparing Aimar to Kluivert.

    when are fans going to get over the past?

    some times you need to take a gamble on players, and players like Aimar are definitely worth the gamble.

  • howaytheladsII

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t think he is suitable for EPL and Newcastle

  • Mehzeb

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:42 AM

    Comment #38

    We the thieves! 😀

  • Mehzeb

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #39

    The deal may not happen. The British press knows nothing of our targets.

  • DarkStar

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #40

    Why because he’s small and skinny?

    Gianfranco Zola. He was small and skinny and one of the best players to ever play in the premiership.

    Aimar actually has very good balance so he’s not so easy to knock off the ball. Also his skill makes it hard for players to disposes him so they have to resort to fouls.


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