News today that Arsenal are after Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique.
Jose Enrique – soon to be an Arsenal player?
Roma have put in a reasonable bid for Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy, and it seems that Arsenal will accept the bid.
So Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger is now after a suitable replacement, and the club are going after Jose Enrique, if news reports this morning are to be believed.
It seems that Arsenal and Liverpool are now both officially in for the player – so we have to hope it drives the price up.
The news is coming from The Times, which is usually a reliable news source on these things.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said this week that Jose didn’t seem interested in signing the new contract that has been offered to him by Newcastle, and of course if he doesn’t want to play for Newcastle United he should be moved out.
This is what Alan had said:
“He has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him,”
“That is his right and there isn’t much more we can do about it.
“We have tried as hard as we can, in the financial situation we are in, to keep him.”
“We offered him an excellent deal, but he doesn’t seem to be interested in signing it at the moment.”
“It is frustrating – but that is the situation we are in.” “It is up to him, but he wants to see what else there is for him.”
So it’s being reported that Arsenal are now hot favorites to sign him, because the famous London club can offer him European Champions League football, which Liverpool cannot do next season.
Jose has given Newcastle four seasons of great service and has become a favorite of the Newcastle crowd, but he has been linked with a move away from the Magpies ever since Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool in January.
It’s been a long running saga this year – much too long in fact, but presumably it will soon reach a conclusion.
It’s hard to say the Newcastle transfer business has been boring so far this summer, and it’s only mid June.
But Newcastle are letting some of their established stars like kevin Nolan and Jopse Enrique go, and it seems certain to us Joey barton will not be at Newcatsle come September, whatever he says about it.
Newcastle today brought in Rennes free agent midfielder Sylvain Marveaux on a five year deal on Tyneside.