The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are hoping they can unload 25 year-old striker Xisco this summer.
Xisco – could be moving to Deportivo?
Xisco was signed three years ago on a five year contract, said to be worth around a whopping £50K/week, and Newcastle would certainly like to get the lad’s wages off their books, since he cannot get anywhere near the first team.
Xisco was on loan at Deportivo from January this year, when he was dispatched on the same day that Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool – go figure that one out.
And in 9 appearances for the Spanish team he scored a couple of goals, and he is also a popular player at Deportivo, where he first signed on back in 2003, as a 17 year-old.
When Demba Ba was signed a few weeks ago, he took over Xisco’s number 19 jersey, so Newcastle must be keen, if not absolutely confident of being able to unload Xisco.
Deportivo are an excellent football club of course, and relegation will have come as a shock to the Spanish side, but they have already made moves in the transfer market and apparently signing Xisco would be a very popular move with the fans – so there’s some hope Newcastle can sell him this summer.
Just like Newcastle two years ago they are planning to come straight back up next season.
And a source in Coruna, located in Galicia, in Northern Spain told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Xisco enjoyed his time back at the club last season and wants to stay here.” “He wants to help get Deportivo back into La Liga.”
“It’s now between Newcastle and Deportivo to come to an arrangement.”
We don’t think the transfer fee is particularity important, because if Newcastle can sell the player, they will save around £5M in wages over the next two years, so we would have thought a fee of say £1M would be good enough for Newcastle to sell the player.
But the problem with the player is that Deportivo will not be able to offer Xisco anywhere near the wages he is getting at Newcastle, and it’s his legal right to see out his contract ion Tyneside.
So we think maybe a season long loan deal could be the best Newcastle can accomplish this summer with the lad.
At least the club will be able to save some money on his wages with a loan deal, although the best thing for the club would be an outright sale of course.