Manchester United In For Newcastle’s Jose Enrique

News in the People today that Manchester United will go after left-back Jose Enrique of Newcastle, and challenge Liverpool and Bayern Munich for the player.

Jose Enrique – Manchester United in for the Spaniard?

The report is from Alan Oliver, the former Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporter, but it’s not the first time the Red Devils have been linked with the Spanish U21 International.

And if this is true it seems hard to believe that Jose would not be interested in the move, because he would surely then make the full Spanish squad – surely.

On the other hand, Patrice Evra is not leaving the Red Devils, so there will be significant competition for Jose, but that’s to be expected if he moves to a big club – it will be the same at Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Jose plays every game for Newcastle, but of course the top clubs play a lot more games each season because of European competition and their good cup runs, which is not the case – at least at the moment – at Newcastle. As usual we live in hope.

Other clubs that have been interested include Bayern Munich and AC Milan, although it looks like Marseilles’ Taye Taiwo will join Milan in the summer as a free agent, and therefore the Italian giants may already have given up their interest in Jose.

The fee that’s been quoted is anywhere from £8M to £15M, depending on which reports you believe, and that’s even though Jose has only 14 months of his five year deal left on Tyneside. Newcastle paid Villareal £6.2M in August, 2007 when Sam Allardyce signed the player for Newcastle, and he’s turned out to be an excellent buy.

No doubt Newcatsle will be hoping there is an auction for the player, if indeed he wants to leave Newcastle.

We have to hope that the fee received for Jose, if he leaves, will be reinvested into the playing squad on Tyneside, but of course there’s no guarantee of that.

Newcastle fans still don’t know what the intentions of Jose are, and only last week Newcastle manager Alan Pardew asked Jose what he will be doing in the summer.

And in his recent interviews Jose has shown the skill and diplomacy to make him a top Spanish diplomat after he finishes his burgeoning football career. 😀

Jose has said things like he will be happy to leave Newcatsle, happy to stay on Tyneside, happy to keep playing in England and happy to move to another country – so all interested parties had something good to take from the interview – and they did.

Newcastle will offer Jose a new and improved new deal to stay on Tyneside, but if he wants to leave so be it.

In that case we’re sure Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias will try to get a super deal for one of Newcastle’s best players.

If the money is then reinvested into the squad that would be terrific, and if Newcastle can get £15M for Jose, then that’s £50M with the Andy Carroll cash, to invest thus summer in new players and their wages.

Newcastle should surely be able to pick up a good six players for that money, and improve not only the quality, but also the size of the squad,  which is far  too small at the moment for the Premier League.

For the record, Enrique has played 127 times for Newcastle with one goal.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • joe

    May 15, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    wouldnt begrudge him if he went to Man Utd. Their Evra is getting on a bit.

  • Jose Enrique

    May 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Why would Man U want him when they already have the best Left Back in the world?

  • Toonmania

    May 15, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    i would rather him goto Manure than the Binmen, would also be better for his career.
    if Newcastle get there heads screwed on they could get one or two good player in return.
    rooney and hernandez would do just fine hehe!!

  • toonyoyo

    May 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    why not everyone bugger else wants him expect tottenham to poke their noses in at some point im personally getting sick of hearing about who wants him he had earlier said he would sign new contract if we were staying up now its clear he wants to go so get rid give ferguson a run invest the money in young talent so long jose thanks and good luck

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 15, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Rumor only not true

  • toonsy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    I switched off when I real it was Alan Oliver who reported it…..

  • Jose Enrique

    May 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    I just switch of when i see Ed has posted an article about a transfer rumour.

  • lewytoon

    May 15, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Evra has just signed a new contact, why would they want him?

  • Jose Enrique

    May 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Exactly. For some stupid reason, Ed believes every story to come out a newspaper about NUFC. Its really annoys me as well.

  • SuperShearer

    May 15, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    We should be looking to Man City fringe players for next season. There are some quality players there and by all accounts they are going to spend big again in the summer. The likes of Weiss, Boyata, Bellamy (I know!), Jo, etc will all be looking to move on to find first team football. If Jose wants to go, let him but the more clubs interested in him the better. Leighton Baines is an £18 Million target for City if reports are right. Surely that makes Jose worth £15 Mil which is a good stash of money.

  • Chaz

    May 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    What will be, will be. We all know that players come and go and accept that there are (a few) clubs out there that might provide some greener grass and wider opportunities and higher wages than our wonderful club can manage at this precise point in time. I would like Jose to put pen to paper with us as much as the next fan. I’d like him (as a player) to gain international recognition and I’d like him to be able to reach his own personal goals and realise all his ambitions. He will control his own destiny and if that ultimate choice is to move on to that perceived ‘greener grass’ then I expect our club to play hard-ball and achieve top dollar for one of the players that has brought us all some joy and excitement amidst a few bitten nails and curses too!
    I have to say that I think our current owner has a much better way of playing ‘hard-ball’ than many of our previous owners / fat controllers and that we have the infrastructure and organisation / networking to ensure suitable replacements are acquired in a timely and ‘best-value’ manner!
    Managing a big business is a risky business and we’ve all experienced some of the risks MA has taken thus far with our club. I do sense him learning from some of his previous ‘high risk’ decision making. He is learning IMHO. Maybe a little too slowly for the likes of most of us fans and I have to admit that he is turning our club round from the financial ineptitude and aimless direction we’d been sliding for too long.
    The best decision making is made when emotion is taken out of the equation. The difficulty for all us fans is to remove our passion and feelings because that is what loving a club is largely about!
    Jose – whatever you decide for your future is what YOU need to feel good about.
    MA – if Jose decides to go then get absolute ‘top-dollar’ for him because I believe this lad can become the left back for Spain into the Euros and next world cup! AND Make sure you’ve got a passionate, committed aspirational, high quality replacement fit ready and here for pre-season training and make sure that there is some ‘value’ built in the player as well!

  • Jose Enrique

    May 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    1) Man City fringe players are on 50k to 100k a week, dont think theres much chance the big fat one spends that much on some rejects

    2) Jose is gonna costs less because hes in the last year of his contract next season so we wont get the same value for him if he had 5 years left

  • toonarmy09

    May 15, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    He will a benchwarmer there ,as EFTA just signed new deal about 6 mth back .I think he will go to pool along with the gypsy or stay here !!!

  • lewytoon

    May 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    What channel and wat day was lord sugar tackling football cuz I want to watch it on catchup pls ?

  • toonarmy09

    May 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15


  • Paul P

    May 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    If enrique wants to go, then he will go. What he needs to do is come out and tell the fans if his heart is in it or not. He is the 3rd best left back in the league, with evra and cole ahead of him, he is better than baines in my opionion. I really hope he stays because if he goes I feel jonas and colo will both follows him out the door as they are the 3 amigo’s for us. that is going to leave us well short and having to add double the amount of players for that area that we needed to improve on. the most important bit for me is getting in 2 very good strikers, someone who is creative in the middle, a flair player like a modric type of player to go along side ben arfa, another defensive mid player to give cheik competition, a right back and another centre half who is strong to go along side colo. to be fair i think we need 3 strikers, but if we can get 2 good ones in, superb. It all depends on how far cashley wants to go to take us onto the next level. It seems the only way to make money in football is to get to the champions league and have a go at it. We are a million miles away from doing that.

  • sticklebricks

    May 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Not sure if that is a real twitter account but it does look like it..

    Bombard him with a few messages asking him to stay!

    Translation of the latest comment would be:
    “I have already said that I cannot speak on the discussions of the a contract – there will be news soon!”

  • sticklebricks

    May 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh and @ PaulP, I can’t see Colo going anywhere, isn’t he on ~ £80k/week? Cant see any other team paying him that.. And I am guessing you are classing Bale as a winger then if Jose is the 3rd best LB in the league..

  • loughy

    May 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Lads dont get on Eds back about the storties he puts in. incase you havent noticed this is a newcastle blog he puts everything what is in the new about newcastle on here its not as though he is writing these stories again he is just reporting what the papers are saying about our beloved team. but at the same time i am sick of hearing about Jose in the news, my feeling is that if Man Utd do put a bid in i for one wouldnt begrudge him for joining them look at their record there is no better team to join and also it would be testement to the players we have it just shows that we do still have the class of players that can go places we just need to learn how to keep hold of them so we can start going to those places we crave the team to be

  • GeordieRob

    May 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    I’ve worked with some people that became my friends… When I left that workplace, I remained friends with those people. It happens all the time.

    Why would Jonas and Colloccini be any different? Just because they’re friends doesn’t mean they’ll leave just because Jose wants out.

  • Jose Enrique

    May 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Im not getting annoyed because ed puts stories about newcastle its just annoying that he believes the stories and questions the teams ambitions because of them

  • SeanNufc87

    May 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Wouldnt begrudge the lad chance for trophies but we will not replace him for any less than 20m FACT. Him n Cole best in league with bainse coming up close behind them.


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