It seems that Newcastle are being extra vigilant with their transfers these days, by ensuring the Tyneside club pays up front for their players, something that is almost unheard of in today’s world of football.
Derek Llambias – Youth Academy to be founded in France
And of course not something Newcastle are used to doing, since we are still paying the transfer fees of some players who have long since left us.
Newcastle may pay up front for the players coming to Newcastle, so the club immediately owns the player outright. but that is not being reciprocated by other clubs, not even by moneybags, Manchester City.
Newcastle sold Charles N’Complainer to Wigan Athletic for £6M and will receive (only) around £5.9M from Manchester City for top goalkeeper Shay Given.
However, reports in The Times suggest that the first instalment for the Ireland goalkeeper will not be received until this summer.
Of course the Youth Academy and the concentration on youth development at Newcastle, is just one strategy that seems to be getting into full swing.
However, news today from Derek Llambias that Newcastle will establish a brand new Youth Academy in France, and are also expanding the Magpies’ scouting network, specifically in Brazil and the Scandinavian countries.
Newcastle Managing Director, Derek Llambias, has revealed today that £5M has already been spent on the Academy playing staff.
The Newcastle club are aiming high it seems , and want to get back into the European Champions League, by getting back into the top four in the Barclays’ Premier League. That’s something the club hasn’t done since the great Bobby Robson managed the club.
Llambias talked about the top four this afternoon:
“Why not?” “We want to be solid competitors at the top. That’s the way we’re going. We aim to be knocking on the door again.”
“We have plans for the club and we are taking them forward.”
“When we took over we had repair work to do and holes to fill. That has been a huge step.”
“We didn’t think the club had any foundation, there was a poor academy and we are now building for the future.” “We’re not neglecting the club.”
This sounds like a good use of money, and it will be interesting to see in the summer, which new youngsters are brought to Tyneside.
Newcastle are still pursuing Caio Ferreira, the 18 year-old star Brazilian striker, and he will be on his way this summer, once all the paper work gets handled.
He will go straight into the first team squad, he’s that good.