Pablo Aimar Signs For Benfica


Sky Sports News has reported today that Pablo Aimar, has signed a 4 year deal with Portuguese giants Benfica.

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Kevin Keegan – let’s execute plan B Kevin

The Portuguese side agreed a €7.5M (£6M) fee with his club Real Zaragoza, as reported on the Benfica web-site late last night.

His move is a major blow to the Tyneside club, there’s no doubt about that, since we had moved in for the player with a reported £7M bid, but it turns out that Pablo says he always wanted to go to Benfica (really!).

That followed reports that Pablo really wanted a move to the Premier League, according to his agent, if only an English club would come in for him.

There’s no doubt that Pablo would have been a great buy for the club, and given the club, fans and players a much needed lift, but he’s gone now.

The Newcastle recruitment team will need to go into overdrive, to start bringing in some good players to the club.

There’s still 45 days to go – approximately – in this summer’s transfer season,  and we think we need at least 4 new players at the club. But even with those 4 new players, our squad will be even smaller than it was last season – which is not good.

And if we plan to send players like 18 year-olds Tamas Kadar and Ben Tozer out on loan, we’ll need to bring a lot more than 4 new players in, surely.

Comments welcome.



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69 comments so far

  • Liam

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    another one bites the dust

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #2

    yeah well *sulks*

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Prefer to go for young potential players

    Check this player out, Diego Buonanotte, he is an young Argentine Attacking Midfielder and could be better than Aimar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihrO0tJw_DM&feature=related

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  • dyer

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Expected. We should move on and finally sign some playmaker. I am tired of reading those reports every day, there are always exlusive reports that we are set to sign someone and it never happens! I’d like our transfers to be like the Gutierrez’s one! There was not a single word written about it before the official announcement was published on nufc.co.uk. That’s the way it should be.

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  • true

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed too much advertising on your site these days!
    The season starts 16 Aug, any new player should have atleast 3-4 weeks to settle and get to know the lads so i would say we are late in making signings especially with our small squad.
    We cant wait untill the end September before any new player settle in.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I feeling on this signing have been a bit topsey turvey.

    I intially thought he was a gamble and did not fit our ‘new approach’.
    I also thought i may well be agent talk attempting to get a better deal out of Benfica
    Then it appeared we had all but signed him and thought what a great prospect he would be to watch.
    Now it appears we have ‘lost out’…..i just dont know.

    What i don know i personally WANT a creative midfielder next season, Aimar or no Aimar!

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  • Ericles

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #7

    I still think one of the reasons we are missing out on players of quality is because the back room at NUFC is disjointed. Who in Newcastle has got any say? KK? Too many London suits playing into the hands of the London media. The future success of the club requires a presence in Newcastle not behind some desk in London. We need KK as hands on in the market – not some fancy titled director pumping away down a telephone line or mobile phone. These recruited experts on getting players in seem to be playing their own game and not one that makes the fans happy. The fans were here before you Mr Wise and we will still be here after you are gone!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #8

    hahaha, as predicted, the media are trying to humiliate us because we aren’t giving them any info, love it!

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  • madpie

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    yea! we are LOSER

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  • John

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #10

    It just show’s the ambition off aimar though does’nt it…He could off played in one the greatest league’s in the world aswell as one off the most exciting but choose a crap league in portugal playing mediocre football IMO…

    Im glad we hav’nt got him as this just shows if he did sign, he would only be here for the cheque…Lets get the hungry players who still have the passion for playing

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    i just read we have been offered Frings, he would be a great signing for us, he would be great competition for all our CM’s, should go straight into the first team

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    we dont even know if we went in for Aimar, its just what the papers are saying

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  • GM

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #13

    see the chronicle and anal oliver have us linked with torsten frings, but then in the 2nd paragraph totally kill the story by saying we arent interested as he is too old…what a waist of a time the article was, oliver is such a tosser

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  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Spyro – chron just came out with a trinity of stories out of left field didnt they! Frings was Germany’s best player in the Euros imo.

    Defo. do a job in the middle of the park for the next year or so. Thing is he’s old enough to remember Keegan at Hamburg too! lol

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Frings would be a great signign, but as GM just pointed out, the story is killed in the second paragraph so the prat probably made it up to have a story

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  • staffsmag

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    @GM well said mate – knew the Aimar story was bollocks as soon as I saw who wrote the article – anal oliver (mackem twat) !!!! lol

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  • John

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #18

    lads lets ignore the story, it also says he could be on he’s way to Aresnal..Whats the point in talking about it if arsenal want him

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  • ToonDaft

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #19

    he must have lost his hunger! surely! i think we have dodged a bullet here – he is at an age where the top league in the world should be beckoning him, he shud want to play in the PL – turning it down for Portuguese league? nothing against that league, i really enjoy it actually, but wouldnt you think he would want toi show what he can do at the top of the game???

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  • Petey

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    if we are talking germans, i like lahm….

    otherwise i could see this a mile off, aimar obviously has some reason he ddint wanna go to england, he probs thinks the football doesnt suit him or sommin, i dunno, i just think he likes benfica.

    we will sign someone out of the blue….we will.
    hopefully it will be Diego from werder bremen 😛 rofl. (probs not but u get my drift)

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Frings could easily replace Butt or Barton in the middle

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  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #22

    True but the fact that tw*t reckons he’s not coming probably means he is – this whole ‘age thing’ is still totally out of the minds of the press and fans isnt it? No one at the club has said this?

    Larsson’s agent has just been quoted as being un happy with the club for not letting him leave btw.

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Nice find madpie, it looks like Gutierrez had made a lot of friends there already

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  • GM

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #24

    thing that gets me is that WISE rejected the offer of frings, WISE rejected norwich £1Million offer for Carol, and WISE rejected Kadars loan move….who is in charge at our club as it certainly doesnt seem as though KK is

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  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #25

    HAhaha Arsenal …f*ck off have you seen their midfield and who they could sign if they want. Mate there will be a list of players a mile long on Wenger’s desk before you hit Frings.

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  • bailey

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Where is the proof that we we were in for this player (or any others for that matter).
    There is nothing from NUFC so it is all conjecture. and paper talk. Until someone comes up with solid proof then stop guessing and even second guessing in lots of cases.
    Anal Oliver back reporting for Comical so we should now get factual comments at long last and know exactly what is going on. Like hell.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #27

    GM the story is bull****, Wise is in charge of the youth signings so why would he have the last say on who we sign? Wise has done a fine job so far in the youth department, we have guys on trial as we speak

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  • Petey

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    go KK!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    your too late Pete, Mag Pie already posted them up

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  • Petey

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #30

    hehe, i edited 😛

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  • darren grech MALTA

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #31

    things are getting worst for newcastle. AIMAR was going to be really important for us.we need expereance players like AIMAR.we need at least 2 creative midfilders and another 1 who can play on the left.we also need a good striker an 2 defenders.

    but i’m afraid this is not going to happen

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  • DanToon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Typical Newcastle!

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  • Petey

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #33

    btw, can anyone tell me why we didnt change our sponsor this season to carling ? i thought tht was the idea after norther rock went a bit pear shaped…now i gotta wait to get the new change kit!

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  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Typical Newcastle fans!

    We were never going to get him ffs.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #35

    hahaha, daily mail just got those pictures up, late again lol. I am sure they read this blog

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  • WesToon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Yea nice work Mad Pie,good to see like all 13 players we have,smiling at least

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  • JOeT

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    nice and efficient in the transfer market again! Talk of walnock signing and chimbonda……could this get any more depressing

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    did owen train because i could not see him in those pictures

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  • sheareralan

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #39

    only skysport can believe?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Not bothered…NEXT !

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