There’s a report out today that Chelsea are ready to pay up to £15M to sign Newcastle United’s 21 year-old Geordie striker Andy Carroll, as a potential replacement for the mercurial Didier Drogba.
Andy Carroll – is £15M too much to resist?
The Sunday Express is saying that Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti may move as early as January, because other top clubs are also eyeing the 6’4″ Gateshead-born striker, who was Newcastle’s top scorer last season and has 5 goals so far this season in the Premier League.
With striker Drogba now 32 years old, it may be that Ancelotti wants to get the Ivory Coast International’s eventual replacement into the club, so he can get used to things, as he eventually takes over from the cult hero, at the Premier League Champions.
The 21-year-old has been widely tipped to win an England call-up for the upcoming international friendly against France on November 17th at Wembley, but of course all these rumors are simply paper-talk, and Newcastle have said more than once they will not let Andy leave Tyneside.
That’s especially true when the lad has just signed a new 5 year deal to stay at his home town club – the only club he ever wants to play for, according to the youngster.
However, if the transfer fee for Andy gets up into the £15M range, Newcastle may find it hard to turn down, as under Mike Ashley the club have already shown that each player has his price, and that’s the only reason James Milner was ever sold to Aston Villa for £12M a couple of years ago.
That was the first shoe to fall in Kevin Keegan leaving the club shortly after James was sold, in September of 2008, because he was a top player and Kevin didn’t want to lose him.
If Newcastle are to build a good side again under Chris Hughton, the last thing we want to see is to lose some of our best players, and that’s especially true when they are young local lads.