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.