There is news in the Daily Mirror today that Liverpool will bid for Newcastle United full-back Jose Enrique in the summer.
Jose Enrique – one of Newcastle’s best players
Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli watched Enrique at the weekend at Blackburn, and of course Jose was far and away the best player on the field, and no doubt Comolli will have left very impressed.
Currently England right-back Glen Johnson is playing in the left back position, but manager Dalglish will want a top left back for next season, and it looks again like he will raid his old club, Newcastle United.
Enrique was signed for £6.2M by Sam Allardcye from Villarreal in August of 2007, and although the first season was a tough one, Jose has improved every season since, and is now one of Newcatsle’s top players, and having his best ever season on Tyneside.
The question with Newcastle is going to be if they will let the player leave in the summer, but no doubt Liverpool will let it be known to the player how much they are willing to pay him in wages, if he does move to Liverpool.
That ploy worked well with Andy Carroll, and no doubt Liverpool will use the same ploy sometime in the summer.
And it seems that every player has his price at Newcastle, and as shown by the Carroll transfer, Liverpool are not short of money so who knows what fee would have Newcastle sell Enrique – maybe £25M?
But as Alan Pardew has so rightly said, if we keep selling our very best players, when will we ever have a good team? When indeed – and the answer is – no time soon.
It will be interesting to see if Jose signs a new deal at Newcastle before the summer, because even if he doesn’t stay on Tyneside, a newly signed 5 year contract will raise his transfer fee.
At the moment his contract runs out a year come June, and he could therefore go for a reduced price in the summer.
So if Jose does sign a new deal before June, let’s not raise our hopes too much, because he could still go in the summer.
It just depends on what ridiculous money Liverpool are willing to pay for the Spaniard.
Let’s be honest – if another ridiculous bid comes in – he’s gone.
Then we would all wonder if Patrick van Aanholt was available from Chelsea.