Manchester City pulled out of the race yesteryear to sign 23-year-old French international Aly Cissokho, the highly rated Lyon left-back.
Jose Enrique – in action against Blackpool last season
That could be significant for Newcatsle since that moves Cissokho a step closer to a move Liverpool, according to reports in France today.
The 23-year-old may have moved ahead of Jose Enrique at Liverpool, and at least that’s what’s being reported in France.
Arsenal still need to replace Gail Clichy who moved to Manchester City earlier this week, but it would appear that Liverpool and Arsenal are the only two clubs interested in signing the Spanish U21 International.
Alan Pardew obviously wants to keep Enrique on Tyneside, as he said yesterday:
“Jose just loves to play football. “His intention is to find a club that are playing Champions League football. The problem for us is that he only has a year left on his contract.”
“If he does stay and signs his contract then that’s great. If he doesn’t sign it then we have to see what happens.”
“I’d love him to stay and sign it – it is a fantastic offer. Until then there is nothing more to be said on the matter and we will just have to let the situation evolve.”
“Any football manager would want him to stay.” “We have to do everything we can to persuade him this is the place to be – and get him to sign that new contract.”
The nightmare scenario for Newcastle is that Jose stays on Tyneside, but still refuses to sign that new contract, and if that turns out to be the case, then Newcastle could miss out on around £8M in transfer fees.
Jose is in his rights to do just that of course, and then set up a bumper deal with some club next summer, and that may still happen.
And it would mean that both Jose and Joey Barton, two of Newcastle’s best players, will be free agents next summer and could leave the Tyneside club for nothing.
It would be good to get the Enrique saga closed, one way or the other, but this thing could drag on until that last day of August, or even though next summer.