Jose Enrique Saga Could Drag On Through Next Summer


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.

Oh no!

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31 comments so far

  • tomellifred360

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on, Jose! Make a decision. We all need to move on!

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  • geoff777

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it’s just a question of time before someone makes a bid.

    He doesn’t want to play for us.

    Move him on in this window.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    If he want to go, let him, we want player who play with their heart (like Joey BarTOON). AP should sell him immediately, so that he could get enough time to look for his replacement, not just like Caroll Saga.

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley won’t allow him to leave for free. Jose will be given two options, sign the contract we’ve offered him or be sold. Clubs are being quiet about putting offers in for Jose because they know it’ll start a bidding war if they come in for him too soon. I’d estimate the last two weeks of the transfer window will be when clubs make firm bids for him.

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  • Spike

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Letting him run down his contract is a bad move for Newcastle, but lets remember, it is Newcastles own method of player recruitment at the moment and they see really chuffed when they do it.

    Plus getting all of these free’s is really really exxpensive so we can’t afford to spend any money.

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    few things the club wont let him run his contract, 2nd dont think we hav ever been after nzogbia, 3rd new striker shud b el arabi, jermaine lens, or shane long

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  • CLOIN

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    MA will not let his or JB’s contract to run down they will either sign new contracts or will be gone before 1st Sept.

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    y not a cheeky 11m bid for adam johson , a flying winger who can score , cross and beat players with ease , anyway he s frustrated @ city

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  • Aussiedave

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    “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.”

    Why is this the nightmare scenario? the club has proven over and over that transfer fees earnt from sales arent fully or even party atm invested back into transfer fees for purchases! At least if he stays we get another season with him that gives us a better chance of success and convincing him to stay next yr.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    If he was going to stay the deal would have been signed long ago, sorry to say but get rid ASAP, would love to see A Johnson come to us, but there’s no chance of it happening

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  • GET JONATHAN SORIANO or NOLAN ROUX.

    K thnx bye.,

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  • samag

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    let the contract run down. We get him for another seasons and we can develop messrs taylor and ferguson. and we get to have a first class LB for the new season.

    money isnt everything. sell him for silly carrol money £15m and not a penny less.

    he doesnt seem too worried, he’s not crying out for a move. So i rate he must stay

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  • Adam Johnson for 11mill is like Nzogbia for 3mill.

    Not going to happen.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    El arabi and lens are predominately wingers not out an out strikers would love el arabi 5million euros would get him aswell.. Would cost around 14 to get Doumbia but hes worth every penny.. Are we even linked with them though? Id rather have maynard over long

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    i still think , ashley will do deals late in august , he just does not want to be bullied i guess in the market since every one knows we have 35 mill , thats y time and again he says the sun has been used up .. cos otherwise the regime never speaks out on matters regarding money

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  • deeeeeeano

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Would the logical thing to do not be for us to offer him a contract with a release clause with a set fee stating that if a team in in the champions league bid the set amount he could choose to go. Thus meaning we get a good fee and he gets his champions league gig should we not get to Europe.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Fergie is far to good going forward to be held back playing at left full back, the kid has so much potential we can’t stifle that by using him as a defender

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  • alex84

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Surely now Erdinc has said no, we have to go in for Sturridge, wishful thinking but its a no brainer.

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  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    one thing i observed is clubs like like stoke , spurs and even 5under1and make actual bids even if they have no cance of geting the plyer,, now thats ambition , its accepted or rejected is another story , i never seen NUFC ever do thst !!!god WHY?

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  • Aussiedave

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Deano I agree, but not in Jan!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    why is it such a nightmare scenario if he sees out contract and leaves for nothing its not a nightmare for the fans it maybe a nightmare for ashley but not the club we aint gona see any of it anyway we will be told 2mill went on signing on fees 1mill on training facilitys the rest on contracts id rather see him run it downand give us another good season then line that fat f**ks pockets again.

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  • UTD111

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe if they tried speakin to him in spanish??

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  • ArtyH

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Put him on ebay.

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  • “We have to do everything we can to persuade him this is the place to be”

    Continue to strengthen the team/squad and show Jose we’re a serious PL team……I know dreaming again!

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  • bills-son

    Jul 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    BOOM BOOM THE 1ST – another di%ckhead who thinks Ashley is only at NUFC to ‘line his pocket’.

    FFS, get some sense into your head.

    The guy is a multi-millionaire and he has all the money he is ever going to need. He isn’t here to line his pocket but to make NUFC a proftiable, financially stable and successful football club.

    That means making business decisions – like not overpaying or signing greedy aging players, like not paying stupid transfer fees for ‘marquee’ big name signings when the likes of Tiote, Ben Arfa and Cabaye can be signed for less than £5M, like singing quality frees like Ba and Marveaux, like finding players with low release fee clauses like Taylor and Cabaye, like giving 5 year contracts to your best players so that if they do decide to leave early you can demand a big fee from the buying club, etc., etc., etc.

    Thats not ‘lining the fat b%st%rds pocket’ its the right way to run a football club and a football business. Unlike fat Freddy’s ‘spend, spend, spend’ policy which nearly bankrupted us.

    I’ll say it again – Ashley is the best owner of NUFC that we have had in my 50 years supporting the Toon. He made mistakes at first but he’s learnt quick and I reckon he is hell bent on making us a top 6 team and winning a trophy asap. Any fan who thinks he is just here to line his pockets and stuff the club hasn’t got a clue about money, business or guys of Ashley’s financial calibre.

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  • ArtyH

    Jul 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Good post 25, but I still think we need a replacement #9 and a defender and most would be satisfied.

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #27

    @bills-son – Is there really any need to resort to abuse because someone holds a different viewpoint to your own? Opinions are like arseholes, everyone’s got one but it doesn’t mean you have to act like one!

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  • bills-son

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #28

    cla5hb0y68 – fair shout BUT if the the likes of BOOM BOOM can continually abuse Ashley by calling him a fat greedy b%stard they should be able to take similar abuse in return – which is exactly why I called him a d%ckhead.

    Sometimes its the only language which makes these guys sit up and take notice.

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  • bills-son

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #29

    ArtyH – agreed, and I still think we’ll sign 2/3 players before the window shuts. There will be more transfers by all clubs in the last 2 weeks of the window than at any other time.

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  • moonraker

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Maybe Jose is not as sought after as he thinks he is. I think all the potential buyers; and there aren’t many who can afford him; are a bit worried about his cavalier style and risk taking in defence. He gets away with it at the Toon and we love him, but they’re not exactly falling over each other to sign him. I think we all thought he would be gone by now but to me it wouldnt be the end of the world if he saw out the remainder of his contract. After all if he leaves we’ve gotta spend money to replace him!

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Jul 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    @bills-son – In fairness , Ashley is fat and so must’ve been greedy in the pie shop. Therefore, two thirds of boom-boom’s statement are more facts than abuse, although I suspect Dave Whelan would say it was all three!

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