The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Manchester City are interested in Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote.
Cheick Tiote – Manchester City enter bidding for Ivory Coast star
We had been told that Chelsea still retained the interest they had in the Ivory Coast International last January, and that Manchester United were also interested.
But it will take a mammoth bid for Mike Ashley to sell Cheick Tiote, but of course money-bags City have lots of money to speed, even though the Fair Play Financial Rules are starting to come into effect for European clubs.
That means that in simple terms, at some point in the future, European clubs can only spend what they take in , and the financial books will need to be balanced, but the rules are phased in over three or four years and are having little effect right now.
And the Mirror are reporting that City could be ready to launch a bid north of £25M for Tote, who joined Newcastle 18 months ago from FC Twente for £3.5M.
The report is that City will send out scouts to the African tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to watch some players, and of course Yaya Toure plays in central midfield with Tiote for the Ivory Coast, so they are already used to playing together.
The performance of Tiote last Wednesday night against Manchester United was par excellence, and the 25 year-old will no doubt have caught the eye of a number of top clubs.
Tiote is a huge fan favorite on Tyneside, and he will tell anybody who will listen to him that he loves playing for Newcastle and has no desire to move anywhere, and indeed he was given a new six and a half year contract by the Tyneside club only a year ago, after Chelsea had shown interest in him.
But we heard the same kind of stuff from Andy Carroll last January about not wanting to leave, and if Mike Ashley accepts an offer then Cheick will be on his way.
Manchester City will watch the tournament but if the Ivory Coast do well and Tiote stars, which is hardly unlikely, then it could be that Newcastle get a bid north of £25M in late January and they would probably accept it.
But Newcastle must be ready to replace Tiote with somebody else coming into the club in January, and not be left with egg on their face as they were when Andy Carroll left.
Carroll was sold to Liverpool just hours before the last January transfer window closed, and Newcastle were unable to bring in a replacement.
So basically the club lost their highest goalscorer – 11 goals – last January and then had to make do through the rest of last season.
That cannot happen this time, if the Etihad club come in for Cheick Tiote late in January, which could happen.
But we again expect Mike Ashley to negotiate an excellent deal, such as making City pay cash up front and getting a sell-on clause, and maybe even getting free gas (petrol) for his cars for the rest of his life. 😀
But we think £30M in cash this time around for Cheick Tiote is something that Mike Ashley could not resist.