The Daily Express is reporting today that Michael Owen has a gentleman’s agreement to sign for Manchester City in the summer.
Michael Owen – on way to Man City in summer?
Before we go any further with this story let us say we have no idea if this is true and it could well be made up, but this is what the Daily Express is reporting today.
The Express says that Owen has already held talks with Eastland club officials, including manager Mark Hughes, in the last few weeks, and he has reportedly told them he will join them in the summer, on the one condition they remain in the Premier League.
This story could be pure fantasy, and we would expect if it’s not true (or even if it is true) that Owen himself, or Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear, would comment on the story, but it’s obvious that Man City, now the richest club in the world, would be able to pay Owen even more than he’s even on at Newcastle United, in terms of wages, which is around around £105K/week.
And since Manchester City would have to pay no transfer fee for the England International striker, then Michael could look to get a sizable signing-on fee at City.
As we have said already, there is no way to know if this story is true, but if it is, it would appear that Michael is after the best deal he can get for himself, and he may value that higher than anything else.
One of the best ways to gauge whether this story is true is to see what reaction we get from both Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear and Michael himself, who is still after all, captain of Newcastle United.
If Michael has agreed a deal this quickly, it will not appear too good to the ever faithful Newcastle fans, although our chances of keeping Michael at the club seem slim at best, once he didn’t accept the offer made to him last month by the Tyneside club.
Michael currently has cost the Newcastle club about £1.3M for each of the 29 goals he has scored, so it’s hardly been a good deal from the club’s perspective.
But if Michael doesn’t want to stay at Newcastle it’s better that he leave, and we wouldn’t mind if he left in January, if truth be told, but it’s probably better for the club that he stay through the end of the season, and get that cost per goal down.