News in the Journal today that Manchester City may value their 23 year-old defender, Nedum Onuoha, at almost twice the £3.5M Newcastle are said to be bidding for the player.
Nedum Onuoha – City value him closer to £7M
That could be a serious problem for the Newcastle club, who will hardly pay out £7M for just one player this summer.
While there will be no new capital outlay on players this summer, the Tyneside club is due some transfer money coming in from previous transfers of players out of the club.
So some money should be made available for transfers of players into the club – but we’d be surprised if that was any more than around £10M.
But if a deal could ba arranged for around £5M for this player, we think Newcastle would bring Nedum to he club, and that has to be a possibility.
And the player seems increasingly frustrated at his situation at City, who are likely to go off on one of their daft spending binges on new players again this summer.
Fiorentina’s Alessandro Gamberini, Palermo’s Simon Kjaer and Hamburg’s Jerome Boateng are two defenders who have been linked to the Manchester club this summer.
And it seems likely that manager Roberto Mancini is ready to let two other Academy graduates – Micah Richards and Steven Ireland – also leave in the summer with Nedum.
Nedum told the press recently:
“I almost feel like I was taking a back seat to a lot of the action,” “I don’t think he (Mancini) liked me, to be honest.”
It seems to us that the player knows he has no future at the Eastlands club, and just wants away, and it will not be good if the club then over-value him in the transfer market.
We’ll keep tracking this story, and of course all of this could just be the normal negotiating between clubs, that goes on with all player sales.
What do you think?