We saw a report last week that Liverpool could wait until the final day of the transfer window, before bidding for Newcastle’s Jose Enrique.
Liverpool could bid as late as August 31st for Jose Enrique
The reason for that is that Jose becomes a free agent next summer, and Newcastle would get nothing for him, and while the Tyneside club could get something for the Spaniard in January, if they sold him then, it would still be less than if they sold him this summer.
So if Liverpool came in for Jose on August 31st, it could be difficult for Newcastle to turn them down, even though Liverpool would come in with a cut-price deal.
That’s one reason Newcastle should be bringing in a replacement left-back now, and we understand Wayne Bridge is the top choice, but his wages could be a difficulty if he is brought here on a season long loan deal from Manchester City.
But we keep hearing that a striker and a left back are the two top targets remaining in this summer’s transfer window.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Liverpool could indeed wait until near the end of the transfer window before putting a bid in for Enrique.
And a source in Liverpool said this today:
“The defense is beginning to be a concern. It’s obviously an area that needs to be strengthened.”
“There are a few options and Enrique is still very much one of them.”
There’s not much Newcastle can do about the situation, since Enrique is well within his legal rights to see out his contract at Newcastle next summer, and become a free agent.
But that’s the last thing Newcastle would want to do, so it seems that Liverpool could be in the driver’s seat, unless another club or clubs are also interested in the Spanish U21 International.
But it’s clear Enrique will be leaving Newcastle, after he openly criticized the owner while over in America, and the very last thing we want is for Enrique to sow discontent in the squad.
Newcastle’s team spirit has been huge over the last two seasons, and we hope it can again be just as good next season.