As we reported yesterday, European club Champions Barcelona are interested in Newcastle left back Jose Enrique.
Jose Enrique – huge opportunity if Barcelona after him
Jose has become the surprise target of Barcelona after negotiations for 21 year-old Sporting Gijon’s Spanish U21 International Jose Angel broke down.
The news is that the European champions want to sign three or four new players this summer, and Jose Enrique is now a potential target, after playing so well for Newcastle in the Premier League last season.
Liverpool, Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayern Munich have all been reported to be interested in Jose in the past, with Liverpool the favorites.
But it looks like Liverpool will make a £8M take-it-or-leave-it offer for the player this week, and Newcastle will most likely leave it.
There is news today that Liverpool are weighing up a move for left backs Nacho Montreal, 25, of Osasuna who has 4 caps for Spain, or Lyon’s Aly Cissokho, 23, who has one full French cap, and each player is valued at around £9M. We suppose that’s in case Newcastle turn down their offer for Jose.
If Barcelona make a bid, the news coming from Spain today. is they could try to wrap up a deal with Newcastle by offering £12M for the Spaniard, and Newcastle would take that in a NY minute, for a player who has only one year left on his contract.
Newcastle have already bid £1M for Swansea’s 22 year-old vastly improved left-back Neil Taylor, and it’s likely they could complete that deal when the player returns from his vacation in Spain next week.
It seems like Jose Enrique will want to leave Newcastle in the summer, and the Tyneside club will be looking to maximize the fee they get for a player who has been on Tyneside for four seasons, and given Newcastle great service at left-back over that period.
We don’t think many people would begrudge Jose getting a huge opportunity back in his home country, with a chance to play for the best club side in the world right now – a team that simply outclassed Manchester United in the second half of the European Champions League Final, 11 days ago.