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.