Liverpool To Bid £15M For Jose Enrique

Of all the current players on Newcastle’s books, the one they could lose in the summer  is Jose Enrique.

Jose Enrique – Liverpool or AC Milan?

There have been persistent rumors that AC Milan are interested in him, and will even pay  £13M for him, and in today’s Sunday papers there is a report that Liverpool will be willing to pay £15M for him.

It could mean – over to you AC Milan –  if there is going to be a bidding war for the player.

The Daily Star is reporting that former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez tried to sign the Spaniard in 2007, when Sam Allardyce brought him to Newcastle for £6.3M from Spanish club Villareal.

And after a first year in which he didn’t look too good,  he has played magnificently for Newcastle in the past two seasons, and will likely again be at left back this afternoon at Villa Park, having recovered from a hamstring strain.

Jose’s contract runs out next summer, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle get a bid in for £15M for the player, without first signing Jose to a long term deal.

But if Liverpool do make a £15M bid, and this report has any truth in it at all, Newcastle will find that figure hard to turn down.

That’s almost a £9M increase on what Newcastle paid for the player almost four years ago, and the Tyneside club have had some good and loyal service from Jose. It turned out to be an excellent signing by Sam Allardyce, in retrospect.

And since there have been rumors for a number of months that Jose could be leaving Newcastle, you have to think that Chief Scout Graham Carr, whose star is rising on Tyneside with some excellent buys in the last 15 months,  has been on the look out for a decent replacement, but for much less that £15M – of course.

Liverpool’s Director of football Damien Comolli has been watching Enrique in action this season, and has been impressed with the Spanish U21 International, and he could well be spotted today at Villa Park.

The way these transfers are supposed to work is that the clubs agree a fee first, before any personal negotiations on wages take place with the player and his agent.

But of course with Andy Carroll Liverpool let the player know they would offer him £80K/week, and that seemed to turn the lad’s head,  and he left his home town club to live a much richer dream on Merseyside.  Much richer than just wearing the famous number 9 at Newcastle United.

That could, and probably will happen again with Jose, but if he wants to leave the Newcastle club for pastures anew, then so be it.

We all found out that if you keep players at Newcastle that don’t want to be here, and are only on Tyneside for the money, then when any difficulties come along, like they did a couple of years ago, those players just don’t step up to the plate – in fact they tend to disappear when the going gets tough.

If Jose does go, we’re sure Newcastle will get in an experienced left-back to cover for the Spaniard, and of course we still have a certain young Shane Ferguson, who looks to have a great future on Tyneside.

Jose has done a great job for Newcastle, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s important that only players who want to play for Newcastle are at the club come September.

And if that’s the case we could have a terrific season next time around.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Y will it not be hard to turn it down hes worth more than 15.million we need to keep our best players if we want to push on next season

  • Douglas Morris

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope not . He Is a great player for us . Might win 2/1 today .Toon Army.

  • scotty96

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    if this guy does go i hope it doesnt upset colo and guti as i like the way it is and this would also upset that partnership on the left but we could easily get a good left back like taiwo for cheaper and then get a good forward

  • Stuart

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    At the minute he isnt worth more than £15m though connor.

    If he had 3 or 4 years left on his contract we’d get at least £20m for him, but because hes only got around a year left the club start to panic that if they dont sell him or sign him up to a new contract he could leave for nothing next summer. So his value goes down as the club are prepared to accept lower bids to make sure they get some money for him.

    All this is pointless anyway though, Bulls going to stay I reckon.(Pray)

  • dawid182

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    He’ll go. He wants to play for the Spanish national team and I don’t know why, but they prefer Capdevila.

  • Steve_48

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Money continues to destroy the game

    On a positive note looking forward to beating Villa this afternoon

    A win would secure 9th place ahead of unwashed, nice to seem them well beaten on MOTD last night, bruce looked like a dead man walking

  • solano

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed…’s yet another story where you can’t help yourself…and you have to mention your spin on the AC transfer…..the lad was well aware of what he could earn (as does Jose) but the main factor in the AC saga was the willingness of the board to cash in ….hence, the helicopter on the pitch… for Jose, it’ll be a sad day if he leaves…..a very good solid player who could most probably do a bit better than a move to the p*s*hole that is Liverpool…

  • Jammydodger

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Hope he stays and I believe he wants to stay with guti and collo. Really is a top player who we should intend to keep if we look to aspire for greater heights.
    Unless a silly 20m+ offer comes in from an Ac Milan, R Madrid, Barca then I think we should tell the likes of scouser scum to get back to nicking stereos in order to fund a bigger bid. If they can pay 35m for carroll then we should be looking at least 50m for enrique.

    While were at it we should start a rumour that we’re buying suarez agger johnson for 5m, and carroll is going to pay us to come back FACT. Spread the word

  • carrollsinger

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    If he wants to go let him fergie is going to be class and it’s another 15 mil for the coffers if ash gives the 35mil as well 50 mil can get us ito the top 7 I think with hba coming back and gosling aswell the future looks good!

  • Stuart

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    We can’t wait around for a silly bid for Jose Jammydodger, hes got around a year left on his contract, if we dont sell him this summer and he doesnt sign a new contract we’re going to lose him for absolutely nothing next summer.

    This is a problem that needs sorting out as soon as possible in the summer. Either he sits down to sort out a new contract or we sell him to the highest bidder and bring in a replacement.

    I’m hoping its the former.

  • RedMissionBells

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    In my opinion, which I believe is shared by most Newcastle fans, Jose Enrique is at the moment one of the top 5 left backs in the world. Other than Evra and Ashley Cole, I do not see many left backs who is as complete as Enrique.

    Enrique is very driven and packs a very good cross. He is also very strong for a wingback. I was also so amazed when Enrique outran and outmuscled Walcott earlier in the season.

    With this, it would definitely hurt to see Enrique go. If he does go, we must get cover for left back. Although Shane Ferguson has been playing well, the lad is young and inexperienced. He has not even played a full season in the PL. I strongly believe any good team needs 2 quality playes in every position, hence making up a 22 player squad.

  • CheickTiote

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    I hate liverpool with a passion.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    13 million Milan now 15 million Liverpool The gavel isn’t even raised and the first “going” hasn’t been said. Wonder how much it’ll be in 3 1/2 months?

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    RedMissionBells I agree but u might need a good 26 27 players because of CDM and CAM and an extra Goalkeeper

  • solano

    Apr 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyone see Benfice v PSV Eindhoven during the week?…………best performance by a left back I have seen for a long time……Coentrao, absolutely first class………..out of our league, and doesn’t fit with “mediocrity on a shoestring” policy but certainly showed up the fact that there is greater talent outside of the “Sky” bullshit peddled about Cole and Co.

  • solano

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16


  • CheickTiote

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    I mean I wish liverpool would have some f!!cking respect instead of tapping up Newcastle players before even asking the club; if a player would want to play for such a disrespectful and ruthless team as Liverpool then so be it. I hope Liverpool get thrashed 100 – 0 today and Carroll gets his leg ripped off; would make my day.

  • Jammydodger

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Fair point Stuart, had a moment in writing thinking he hads years left and these bids were the “big money steal” type bids rather than reasonable bid for player who will be gone soon unless he signs a new contract.
    Hope he stays, guti did play a lot better without having to wait for enrique to come up for him, with fergie he had a free reign.
    Think we should try to get Marcell Jansen if he does goe not sure how hed blend with the rest of the players though, but hes basically a German Bale

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    God I hate those scousers. and King Kenny.

    He already wrecked our club once signing dross like rush/barnes and now he’s doing it again.

    On a positive note, Villa Park today!! I have my tickets its time for some payback for the banner brigade!!

  • fungus44

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    more sunday paper talk if ture then cesspool need to be reported for tapping players up be for aproching the home club out of the transfer window,but nothing will ever happen because it,s liverpool just like any of the so called big clubs,if it was the toon doing this we would be done stright away no question,s asked.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21
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    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22


  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #23

    I can’t see any club willing to pay £15m for Jose.

    He only has 12 months remaining on his contract, I personally think he will go for around £5/6m.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    The Word is That He is Off Anyway so If we can get £15 Million That Would be a Good Bit of Business. You Can Tell In the Last few Months His Heart Is Just Not There. Get That Lad from Chelsea We had Last Season Maybe !!!! Or Anyway We Have Young Shane He was great Last Week. Roll On The Summer – We have A Bright Future Ahead !!!!!

  • Davies

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Cheike Tiote and Johnny Brookes – Summing up my feelings today, the pair of ya.

  • Stuart

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Ok, I’m guessing we’re out of the running for Taiwo.

    In the past two days I’ve seen him linked with AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    I don’t think we can compete with that lol.

  • sephir0

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Jose said he would sign if we were safe didnt he? and if we get relegated he would leave. dont want the lad to go but i understand where he’s coming from, he stuck by us last time we got relegated..the guy wants to win…as i know us fans want that. lets get safe, and hope that is enough to persuade the bull, that we want success and staying with us is the best choice.

    got a sick taste in my mouth when i saw liverpool are looking to bid 🙁

  • Brutooon

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    1) if we got 3 points tonite (maybe even 1 point), he will sign a new contract straight away

    2) if we want to accept all those bids for jose, just accept bids outside premierleague

  • breadman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    who the hell does Liverpool really think they are? they are spending money like there is no tomorrow but they really not that big of a club?? im sick of teams like Spurs and Liverpool thinkin they are bigger than us and steal all our best players. We had beaten the kops this year and yet Carroll chose to go over to the team whom we beat, its disgusting.

    Enrique must be out of his mind to be even thinking about going there, AC Milan is at another level tho, i would not blame him for walking out to sign for them. But if AC is worth 35 mil, 15 mil is bullocks, Enrique shld be sold for at least 27mil or more.

    We ought to beat Liverpool again to show everybody what a stupid club it really is.

  • Doctapaul

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    I’d turn down £30m. he’s the best left back in PL which probably means the best in Europe and possibly the world.

  • Partizan

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Breadman….I hate Liverpool,but saying its not a big club!!

    I hate Red Star Belgrade with passion,but on the other hand i’m glad they won the CL 20 years ago
    at least from patriotic and national point of view….ask the Italians how they feel now since they lost the 4th place to qualify for CL.

  • ytz

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    15m? You gotta be better than this Liverpool….

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #33

    If carroll is 35 mil then enrique is defo worth more than 15

  • breadman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Partizan, im not saying Liverpool is not a big club. I am saying are they really THAT BIG of a club? Look, they have been in decline for years, and just a few months ago, they were 24hours away from acquisition by RBS. They have had a dreadful transfer records, they have probably bought 50 players in the last 7 years and sold 49 of them. I would not be surprised if Andy Carroll flops with them and he gets sold for a fraction of a fee to a club like Aston Villa ( Remember a certain Robbie Keane?)

    Only teams like Liverpool and Spurs get linked with every single player of our team and any players we plan on getting. Its annoying the crap outta me.

    Howay the Lads

  • boater

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #35

    @johnny brookes – Dalglish also signed Solano, hamann, given, speed, dabizas, griffin, hughes, ketsbaia etc.

    It’s always been my opinion that Daligliesh’s SACKING after one poor season – rather than the admittedly ropey season itself – set the precedent for our slide into self-destructive board led oblivion for years to come.

  • boater

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Enrique is an exceptional player but he’s also a left-back with one year on his contract. £15mil is a huge bid considering.

    don’t miss Carroll at all – he looks like a very average player for liverpool so far.

  • Partizan

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #37

    As long as we’re making profit and money being reinvested in the club(which is not) i got no problem with that,,,,especially when the player wants to leave by himself.

    So i dont think you shoud be upset with our customers,its the salesman you should be upset with.

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Amazing left fullback. If we are not able to tie him up I’d look at Marseille’s Taiwo for free as a replacement.

    15 for a player with 1 year left of his contract is a good deal for us. However, he’ll be missed. We will struggle to replace him…

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #39

    I wonder if we could do a swap deal with Real Madrid for Albiol or Marcelo?

    Don’t know about today I’m feeling really nervous after what happened last time at Villa Park!

  • toon95

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Really starting to get p!ssed of with liverpool they have been linked every player at newcastle and those were looking at. Commoli doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing either all these big buys and we get tiote for 3.5 mill!!


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