News today that Newcastle United and Aston Villa are both interested in Valencia full-back Miguel – full name Luís Miguel Brito Garcia Monteiro.
Miguel – 31 year-old Portuguese right back
Valencia have put the 31 year-old defender, who has been capped 59 times for Portugal, up for transfer, which is supposed to have alerted the two Premier League sides.
The news is that Aston Villa and Newcastle have been following the player for some time now.
Miguel started his career at Estrela Amadora in 1998, and two years later joined Benfica, and then in 2005 joined Valencia for around £6M.
Indeed we remember Bobby Robson bring interested in this player about 7 years ago, when he was still at Benfica, but it’s hard to believe Newcastle would be interested in a 31 year-old, whose sell-on value would be close to zippo.
The Lisbon-born player usually plays at right back and is 5’10” tall, and has now played over 150 times for Valencia, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are really interested in him.
He is said to be available for around £3M, but we think there are some other good full-backs, who are younger, who would be better buys for the Newcastle club.
And since everybody knows Newcastle have £35M from the sale of Andy Carroll, we will be linked with almost every single player available this summer – so it will be a lot worse – or a lot better – whichever way you want to look at it. 😀