Cavani Priced At £30M – Forget About Newcastle Bidding

We reported yesterday that Newcastle were linked with Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

Edinson Cavani – while playing at Palermo

And you would notice that we didn’t quote any transfer fee for the player in that article, but in later reports he’s being valued at anywhere between £30M and £35M, although that seems a bit high for the player.

But there’s just no way Newcastle are going to spend even £20M on one player this summer, because there are several positions at Newcastle that need to be strengthened, and they will hardly blow most of the Carroll cash on just one player.

Yes, we know the club used to do that in the past, and spend a lot of money on one player, but in truth most of those buys turned out to be hopeless.

Newcastle spent  almost £20M on Jean Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque, when Graeme Souness was managing Newcastle, as just two examples,  and neither one of them was good enough for the first team.

The other thing that happened when those players left Tyneside, was the club was still  paying the installments on the transfer fees to Rangers and Deportivo respectively.

And the other daft thing the club did, was give them long term contracts immediately, they gave Boumsong a five and a half year deal and Luque a five year deal at ridiculously high wages – before they had even kicked a ball in anger for Newcastle.

We know the wages were ridiculous because that’s what Albert said just before he left Newcastle for Ajax, that Newcastle had offered him amazingly high wages.

And Newcastle did the same thing recently with Xisco, and are now having big trouble unloading the player, who has every right to see out his five year deal at close to £50K/week.

As Pete Seeger used to sing in the old days – when there were no flowers around – when will they ever learn?

Some Newcastle fans may look back at those times when the club spent big money on players as the good old days,  but those deals were nearly always poor ones.

And we’re not even going to mention the Michael Owen deal, other than to say it cost Newcastle a total of £40M over four years with wages and transfer fee, and he scored just 30 goals for us.

We’re quite happy to get players like Cheick Tiote, Danny Simpson and Mike Williamson into Newcastle for a total sum of around £5M, and you don’t always have to pay out big money to get some very good  players.

It helps to have a good scouting network.

If it’s true that Cavani is priced at £30M or so, forget Newcastle being one of the bidders.  We’d be quite happy at getting say three good players in for a total of around £25M, and at least one good player on a free transfer.

Add to that one or two lesser known but still good players at around £3M each or less – like we bought Cheick Tiote for last summer. – and we’d be very happy come September.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    We will end up with Carlton Cole….

  • clinta2

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Largely agree with this assessment and seeing as our squad is far too small we can’t afford to blow too much on any one player.

    I believe we will not be able to get our top targets (whoever they weill be?) due to toehr teams probably comig in for them and being able to offer more money or European football.

    So, the top players taht we are linked with like Gervinho I can’t see any of these type of players coming to Tyneside, even if we are interested.

    That said, I’d settle for a few solid and consistent players that can do a job week in and out- plus a bit of pace.

    Of topic, but did you guys see Balotelli versus the bib? its been a while sicne I laughed that hard. If you haven;t check it out here-

  • clinta2

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    @shot bru: I can see that happening too, as there’s not really that many good strikers around at the moment.

    That said, I’d take hima as a squad member but not for the wage or transfer he’d be after thats for sure.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #4

    clinta2…that’s classic footage of Ballotelli 🙂
    The thought of Carlton Cole leading our line fills me with dread…but he is exactly the type of player Pardew will go for….The money we will have to spend in the summer (max £12 mill in my view) will be wasted by Pardew on even more journeymen…the scouts have even been scouting Bundesliga 2 for players like Adrian Ramos and Roman Hubnik.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Buying players in at that huge price is fine if you have money to blow away like Chelsea and Man City.
    It is also a great risk as you say Ed (except when you are almost guaranteed success eg Shearer).
    That is the ONE thing I do agree with Ashley about – although his agreement is probably more due to tightness than “doing the right thing”.
    Far rather a number of good quality signings at around the £4-6 mill. mark. After all don’t forget how much we paid for Tiote.
    The answer lies in wide ranging, impeccable scouting and superb judgment…. as well as the Controller loosening the purse strings.
    But then, of course, that’s another story entirely.

  • roy cropper

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6
  • Jezza

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    We won’t even get Carlton Cole. The Casino Crony will attempt to sign Emile Heskey in the summer but will lose out to some club like Balckpool or Wigan, leaving us with a first choice strike partnership of Ameobi and Shefki Kuqi.

  • Partizan

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    This player has been truly amazing for Benfica,,,i know he wont come under 14 mill,,,,but these are the type of players we should be looking for
    This is just one of his 7 goals for Benfica and it was scored last weekend

    Come on Ash,,,,break the bank and bring 2 top class playmakers,,Gaitan,Kagawa,Toiwonen and Lewandowski for 45 mill in total

    Ben Arfa……………….Kagawa……………..Gaitan..


    Enrique(not that i want him out)

  • jarnytoon

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9

    for christ sake, i’ve just seen on the BBC that yakubu would move to leicester if they got promoted! get him in, strong mo fo who can score goals and always has. He’s got bags of experience, already been in the north east and wont be too expensive, n 28 aint a bad age!

  • Partizan

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    I meant,,,Kagawa and Gaitan as our 2 top class playmakers….combined with HBA…that leaves us with 3 amazing midfielders who can open any defense no matter which team we play.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Just finished reading an article in ‘The Mag,’ where they queationed Niall Hickman, one of the few respected and informed journos in this region, who is normally near the mark on things NUFC, and he reckons that Pardew will be lucky to see £10m of the Carroll money in transfer fees. Reckons the rest will go in increased contracts such as Taylor, Tiote, etc, signing on fees, agents fees, increased insurance premiums, vat, repayment of some loans, and to reduce the overdraft at Barclays. This, of course, will all be irrelevant if we don’t start winning games soon. Before you all rush to your keyboards, don’t shoot the messenger, read the article for yourselves.

  • dawid182

    Mar 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    We don’t need Cavani….anyway

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Roy Cropper – I put the youtube video in for Pete Seeger singing that song – – thanks!!

  • shpetmeister

    Mar 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Has anyone of u actually watched Cavani?

    if i have one hope of newcastle signing one big player, that is the man people, he is the new Alan Shearer, he can head the ball anywhere in the goal, and he is so good of moving behind deffenders. 30 million Euro is absolutley worth it!!

    We dont need to strenght any other place if we keep all the players we have now! Cavani will do it.

    Simpson- colo – taylor -jose
    barton – tiote- nolan- guiterez-
    cavani – benharfa

  • chuck

    Mar 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey why go for Cavani, when we can get Heskey and Yakubu, for ten bob each ?
    Think of the choices ,
    Shola and Yakubu,
    Heskey and Kuqi
    or any combo of the four, killer front line.

  • Oleg G

    Mar 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16


    Who is this?

    I mean, Some other player was bought this year for 35M, but that is even crazier. But who is this guy that he cost so much money? I never heard of him. 30M????

  • chuck

    Mar 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Oleg G
    Relax , just a slow day media wise, gotta come up with sumptin for the footballing lumpen proliteriat.

  • lewman

    Mar 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    i reckon shola would be worth over 20 million if he had hamsik and lavezzi playing behind him but there is still no doubting cavani has class and a lovely shot technique, thought this was bollocks when i first heard about it.

  • SwedEric

    Mar 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Remember people were saying I was wrong when I said we will never get him, since he will cost atleast 30M pound.

    He is awsome player, not many strikers in the world I would rather have, but he is out of our leauge by miles atm sadly!

  • wynsleap

    Mar 22, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #20

    As I have said in the past Jimmymagpie (11) , if Ashley wasn’t a liar he’d use the £20 mill. that he faithfully promised as an injection each year to subsidise wages, contract improvements etc. and utilise his £35 mill. unexpected ‘windfall’ for purchases.
    But there again he’s only a liar and not a proper owner.

  • PoolieToon

    Mar 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #21

    That Balotelli link is class. I suppose it shows you what 20 mill can buy you these days. The boy can kick a ball but can he hell put a bib on.

  • branunited

    Mar 22, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #22

    is a good player, but a said i yesterday, a lot of money to buy a one player.
    i prefers player as:

    ola toivonen
    luuk de jong
    robert lewandowski
    marcus berg
    marko arnautovic.

    they are good, young and much cheaper

  • branunited

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #23



    ben arfa

    toivonen luuk de jong/arnautovic

    subs: krul, ferguson, ireland, ranger,,lewandowski/berg, gosling, gutrhie.

  • toony tempah

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Cavani is class…only watched him a few times but scored a hat-trick in one and 2 in the other!! he always looks like hes gunna score too!


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