We’ve seen the stories about Newcastle possibly going head to head with Liverpool for Daniel Sturridge.
Daniel Sturridge – £20M or a possible loan deal
But with Newcastle having been quoted a fee of £20M for the player, there’s just no way Newcastle will try to sign Sturridge permanently.
The best and only chance Newcastle have is to get Daniel on Tyneside on a season-long loan deal, and in the Sunday Sun a couple of days ago, there was news that Newcastle are interested in doing just that.
Apparently Alan Pardew is very keen on Sturridge, but the move has not been sanctioned by Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, because the 21 year-old is just too expensive, as is Charles N’Zogbia too.
The Newcastle philosophy is to bring players in while still young, and develop them into £20M stars, rather than having to pay that amount for the finished product.
It seems that Sturridge has to prove himself on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, and the new manager Villas-Boas has given the England U21 international a chance to show what he can do for Chelsea.
This is what the new Chelsea manager told the Sun:
“This is one of the decisions we have to take,” ” Daniel is a very, very interesting player with a tremendous future and is highly regarded by myself.”
“I have 15 days in Asia to make the best decision and I need those four games to continue to assess.”
Since Newcastle haven’t spent any of the Andy Carroll money on transfer fees, you would have thought Newcastle could afford the £20M to buy Daniel outright, but that’s not the news coming from inside the club.
The £35M has been invested in players’ wages over the length of time of their contracts, and according to some at Newcastle, the £35M has already been spent. The wages include the new contract given to Cheick Tiote, and the new players coming into the club thus summer.
We really hate to be the bringer of bad news, but the truth is there’s no way the Newcastle regime will pay out £20M for Sturridge.
Like it or hate it – that’s the way it is at Newcastle.
The only way the Magpies can get the lad on Tyneside, is if they can negotiate a loan deal with the London club.
And it seems that Liverpool could do a deal, if Chelsea are willing to sell, so look for a £25M bid from Liverpool, if the 21 year-old becomes available.