Newcastle have today been linked with Chelsea’s Brazilian International center-back Alex, but we wonder if there’s any truth to the story.
Alex – experienced Brazilian International available for £3M?
Certainly it didn’t take long for somebody to link the transfer listed Alex with Newcastle, whether it’s actually true or not.
One thing that immediately comes to mind is that he may be too old at 29, but it’s true that Newcastle need to add a center-back to the ranks next month, after Steven Taylor injured his Achilles and is out for the season.
Mike Ashley met with Alan Pardew yesterday and apparently his first question was – “Where is our center-half then?”
Both Nicolas Anelka and Alex – his full name is Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa – I think we’ll stick with Alex – have been told they can leave.
And Anelka will be off to China next month to Shanghai Shenhua, and a reported £9M a year, and he becomes the fifth best-paid player in the world at 32 – it’s all so silly.
It seems that Andres Villas-Boas is desperate to get rid of Anelka and Alex, and the fee asked for the Brazilian would not be large, but it could still be too much for Newcastle to pay for a 29 year-old.
That also goes against the Newcastle policy of signing younger players, like 22 year-old James Tomkins of West Ham.
The news is that Alex could cost £3M, but we don’t know what his wages are, and they could be too much for the Tyneside club, who prefer to buy younger players on lower wages.
We think it could depend on how Newcastle fare in the transfer market, when they go after younger players next month, but on the playing side of things, Alex would seem to fit the bill at Newcastle.
Alex has enormous experience, and he would right in at the back and offer significant competition to the other center-backs at Newcastle.
The 6’3″ center-back joined Chelsea from PSV in 2007, and has played 133 times with 10 goals for Chelsea, and he’s played 18 times for Brazil.
It’s hard to think that Alex would be a long term solution, although he’s the same age as Coloccini, who is hoping to get a new five year deal to stay at the Tyneside club.
What do you think about Alex?