We have seen the reports out about Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita possibly being a Newcastle target.
Seydou Keita – Barcelona central midfielder
Keita has played 172 times for Barcelona with 19 goals following his £12M move to Barca from Sevilla in 2008, and the news is that Barcelona are willing to listen to offers in the region of £5M for the Mali International in the summer.
Keita started his career back in 1999 at French club Marseilles, and he has played for Lorient, Lens, Sevilla and Barcelona since then, and the six footer has 464 total club appearances and 47 goals.
In addition he has represented his county, Mali, 70 times with a 19 goals.
There’s no doubt the 32-year-old is a very good central midfielder, but one thing against him – in addition to his age – is that he is expected to command £80K/week in wages and Newcastle will no longer pay out inflated wages for players past their best.
Newcastle prefer to sign younger players, whose value will increase on Tyneside, and they either become regular fixtures in the squad, or they are moved on at a profit.
That’s the way Mike Ashley is running the Newcastle club, and it’s starting to show some success, with some really good acquisitions over the last couple of years, even though very little transfer money has bee paid out.
Liverpool are said to also be interested in the player, so they will no doubt be willing to pay £5M in transfer fees, and £4M a year in wages to a 32 year-old.
There’s no doubt that Mike Ashley is running Newcastle in a financially stringent and thrifty way, but that’s not really a bad thing, when you consider clubs like Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers are going belly up.
And that’s all because they are spending money they just don’t have, much like Newcastle did when Freddy Shepherd was running the club, and those clubs are now paying the consequences by going into bankruptcy, and it could be a long road back to financial stability.
It’s a good story about Keita, but there’s no way Newcastle will be interested in this lad – as good as he is.
What do you think?