Sky Sports is reporting today that Atletico Madrid are ready to make a move for Newcastle Spanish U21 left back Jose Enrique.
Jose Enrique – could leave Newcastle this summer
They are reporting that the Spanish club want to the 23 year old left back to replace Mariano Pernia this summer, and believe Jose could get his career on track in the Spanish League.
Newcastle paid around £6.2M for the Spanish full-back two years ago, and would probably be willing to accept around £4M for the player now, but whether Atletico can afford Jose’s wages is another question.
While the former Villarreal defender still has three years left of his contract with the Tyneside side, we think Alan may be willing to let him move on this summer.
Pernia looks set to leave Atletico this summer and the club are keen to rebuild their defence, after a poor season at the back, as they look ahead to the UEFA Champions League.
And with Alan Shearer looking at various full-backs like Bradley Orr of Bristol City, Danny Simpson of Manchester United and Chris Gunter of Spurs, he could move Enrique out to lower the wage bill at Newcastle, as Jose is said to be on £50K a week.
One full back Newcastle will be keeping is Senegal International Habib Beye, who is even a likely captain for next season, should Shearer finally take over as manager – shortly.