There was some news last night that Newcastle United are lining up a bid for Bayern Munich’s 25 year-old striker Mario Gomez.
Mario Gomez – will be very expensive
Newcastle were reported interested in this German player, who has a German mother and a Grenada-born (Spanish) father, about three years ago, when he was at VfB Stuttgart, and was a lot cheaper.
But he will now be very expensive in the transfer market, and since Newcastle need to strengthen in a number of different positions in the summer to become a top six side, we’d be surprised if this news is true.
Paying out huge sums in the transfer market on a single player, like Liverpool did to get Andy Carroll in January, only makes sense when you are already a top six side.
Before then, there are plenty of other positions that need strengthening and that’s the position Newcastle find themselves in right now.
Let’s put it this way, Bayern Munich paid VfB Stuttgart around £25M – £30M in May of 2009 to get the player on a four year contract, so how much will they be asking for this player now?
The answer is a lot, and If Andy Carroll is worth £35M then the 43 capped German striker (15 goals) is worth a lot more than that, and it would make no sense if Newcastle spend all the Carroll money (and more?) on just one player.
It may excite some Newcastle fans if you think the bigger the fee, the better the signing, but that’s hardly ever true these days, when players like Fernando Torres go for a ridiculously high £50M, and how many goals has this lad scored for Chelsea this year so far?
And Chelsea’s 21 year-old Daniel Sturridge has looked a better striker than Torres this year, while he’s been on loan at Bolton.
Newcastle signing Gomez would be like the trophy signing days under Freddy Shepherd, when the club made a habit of wasting big money in the transfer market.
Newcastle even tried to sign 28 year-old Wayne Rooney back in 2004 for £25M, even though the Newcastle defense was the big weakness of the side in those days.
The striker seems keen on a move to England, but we’re very confident he will not be arriving on Tyneside, anytime soon.
For the record, Gomez has 239 first class club games for VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, with a very impressive 131 goals – better than a goal every two games, which is what Alan Shearer achieved in his sparkling and long career.