There was news yesterday from the BBC that Chelsea were considering a bid for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – 21 year-old Magpies striker
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti seems to have been impressed by the 21-year-old’s performances this year in the Championship and seems ready to bid £7M for the Gateshead-born striker, who has come through the Youth ranks on Tyneside.
We’re not surprised that Chelsea are interested in the player, but Newcastle would be daft to sell him, but it also seems that every player has their price at Newcastle.
Remember back in August, 2008 when Aston Villa were after James Milner, and when they finally came through with a £12M offer, that was too much to turn down for the Newcastle club, and was carried out against manager Kevin Keegan’s wishes.
But while that was a good deal for Newcastle, Manchester City are now bidding almost £27M for the player after a short two years, and we think Andy Carroll will only get better in Newcastle’s first team next season.
Chris Hughton does not want to sell Carroll, but there again Kevin Keegan didn’t want to sell Andy Carroll, and we basically have no idea what Mike Ashley is thinking – since he never says anything.
We hope that Carroll stays at Newcastle, and we know manager Hughton wants him to stay – but iof Chelsea or even Manchester City offered silly money for him – say £12M – Newcastle would probably take it.
A little hint to the powers that be at Newcastle – if they do sell Carroll please put in a sell-on clause for Andy.
We’ve potentially lost millions because that was not done when we sold James Milner to Aston Villa.
Usually sell-on clauses ask for 20% of any profit made on the player in a future transfer.
So if Milner goes to Manchester City for £27M then Villa have made a £15M profit on the player in less than two years, and Newcastle could have made £3M on the deal.
What do you think about Carroll potentially leaving Newcastle this summer – if the bid is big enough?