There are reports today that Newcastle United want to do a deal for Argentine striker Javier Saviola from Real Madrid, after the player has again expressed his frustrations at the lack of playing time in Spain.
Javier Saviola – are Newcastle really interested?
Javier has been talking to the Spanish publication Marca and the player says that his future lies either in the Premier League or in the Italian League.
It seems that if the player wants to play regularly he will need to leave Real Madrid, whose current manager is the Tottenham disaster, Juande Ramos.
Why did Madrid appoint Juande after he had done so terribly at the London club?
Saviola said today:
“Juande Ramos told me that if I want to play regularly, I should join a smaller team,”
“My situation is intolerable, and I want to leave Madrid in the January transfer window,”
“It’s a difficult situation. You have to be very strong mentally because as each game goes by without playing you are destroyed a little more psychologically.”
“My future is away from Real Madrid. I would not want to stay in Spain. I see myself in the Premier League, or in the Serie A.”
Newcastle United were supposedly after Saviola in the summer, and with new Argentine signings Coloccini and Gutierrez now at the Tyneside club, it would be easy for Saviola to settle down on Tyneside.
The price quoted for the Argentine striker is within Newcastle’s budget too, at £6M, and we could possibly be able to do a loan deal for the striker.
However, the players’ wage demands may be very high.
Javier played 129 times with 9 goals for Barcelona from 2001 until 2007, and then joined Real Madrid, but he has played just 16 games with 4 goals for the Madrid giants.
He has played 44 times for Argentina with 12 goals.
The news is that Newcastle are keen to do a deal, but we don’t know if this is true, or whether it’s just a regurgitation of our interest from last summer.
But the player would be a good signing for the club, although defense and central midfield are much more important positions for us to fill in the next 9 days – and we just have to strengthen those positions first.
What do you think?