Things don’t appear to be getting much better for Newcastle today.
Tranquillo Barnetta – on more than £40K/week at German club
Tranquillo Barnetta’s representative in Britain has today ridiculed Newcastle’s offer for his client, and he says that Newcastle have offered Barnetta less money than he’s getting at Beyer Leverkusen.
The Swiss international midfielder has been a target for nine months at Newcastle. and this is what his agent Barry McIntosh told Sky Sports today:
“As it stands there is not a hope in hell that he will be going to Newcastle. In fact I am angry at their attempts to do it, and behind my back also,”
“They have made an approach, but their offer equates to somewhere in the region of £40,000-a-week – which is just ridiculous. Why on earth would Tranquillo move to Newcastle for less money?”
“No offense to Newcastle, he would possibly consider going to Arsenal, Liverpool even Tottenham for less – but not Newcastle.”
“They have known all along, what it would take to land Barnetta and what he is earning now, and this sort of offer really does border on ridiculous.”
If Barnetta is on more than £40K/week at Bayer Leverkusen, that’s a big salary for somebody who’s completely unproven in the Premier League.
And maybe that’s why Newcastle may be turning their attentions to Manchester United’s French winger Gabriel Obertan.
Gone are the days when Newcastle will offer big wages for players.
Of course there’s always a chance that this is a false report, and it wouldn’t be the first time an agent has put out information which is solely for their own good.