Newcastle Linked With Barcelona Central Midfielder


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?

Comments welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    32 years of age, pah! Not a chance.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    i have heard commentators describe him as a rolls royce of a player

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #3

    okay lads good night

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  • hainesy

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #4

    No chance. He’s 92 in the eyes of Ashley. A total no go.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Too old not gonna happen.

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  • hainesy

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Cristian Tello is more likely.

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  • Niff in the USA

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #7

    When I saw the title I thought we were signing Fabregas or Xavi 😉

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  • moonraker

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Dont know why you bothered to post this one Ed. Aint gonna happen and why would we want him?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #9

    What we really need is a rock solid back four. Anyone who’ll strengthen that line has got to be a bigger priority than another midfielder, unless its another DCM for cover for Tiote.
    If we only brought in 3-4 defenders next window I’d be happy.
    I’d shift to a 4-3-3, next season, as soon as we have got a quality back line across the width of the park – we have real choice for the mid 3 and a front 3 with strength behind means there is space for Benny to cause chaos.
    I’m sure HBA isn’t getting regular starts because AP is stuck with a 4-4-2 or variation as the wingers need to cover back so much.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #10

    The HBA debate is one that will run and run. But perhaps it wouldn’t be if we had a good right back and adequate cover at CB.

    It’s guaranteed that with a top 6 defence (at the moment we don’t have one) then we could attack more.

    Fingers crossed in the Summer we can invest where we need to and Pardew can really have a go at teams. with the personnel he has available now though, I can’t criticise Pardew at all. He genuinely tries to do the right thing for our club.

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  • Jonny

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Keita? No thanks but i have noticed that we have alot of winners in our team: Tiote, Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Santon have all won leagues and trophies so no wonder they are all talking Champions League! Big game tomorrow in preperation for the bigger one on March 4th 12pm!!!!! 10 points from 12 against the unwashed i think!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #12

    If NUFC have the money to finance an old folks home why don’t they put their money to good use and supports the womens NUFC team? No offence to the lad this is obviously Barca/agent flogging their soon-to-expire horse to any team that has a liking for French players. How long would he last? Not long evidently which is why Barca are offloading him. The words ‘By’ , ‘Date’ and ‘Sell’ spring to mind. Meh.

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  • JamesP32

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #13

    This is probably the most ridiculous story Ive heard in a while.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #14

    …Tiote s gonna get red tomorrow….i saw it…i just saw it….just

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Assumed it was thiago with the title, as ed says, too old and too expensive (wage wise).

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  • Ollie666

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    TEAM vs wolves
    Krul
    Simmo Willo Colo Santon
    Tiote
    Guthrie Cabaye
    Benny Cisse Ba

    Pardew will play
    Krul
    SImmo Willo Colo Santon
    Raylor Tiote Cabaye Jonas
    Cisse BA

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Hahahaha,this site is getting worse!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Friday night is pub night ha ha

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  • JackButler

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #19

    32 and 80k a week, no chance. Total BS story

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  • Baro

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #20

    OHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    I’m totally PUMPED up for this game!!!!!

    For those who live for football, well two weeks
    W /O a game is just INSANE!!!!

    Lets get all 3 points, put on a show for the supporters, and give them a thrashing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ………………………………………………..
    Repeat this comment ……… If liked!!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #21

    I really don’t think playing Guthrie alongside Cabaye & Tiote is a good idea.

    No width whatsoever, and Simpson & Santon are both defensively lacking.

    It may seem like a nice idea, but our players just are not good enough.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #22

    13JamesP32 // Feb 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    This is probably the most ridiculous story Ive heard in a while.

    The most ridiculous one i heard was wen we git promoted about barca wantin a swap deal staylor for puyol!!!!

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  • Baro

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Krul

    Simmo-Willy-Curly-santoon
    Raylor-Cabaye-Tiote-Jonas
    Cisse-Ba

    HT

    Krul

    Simmo-Willy-Curly-santoon
    Ben Arfa-Abeid-Tiote-Fergie
    Cisse-Ba

    5-0 TOOON WiiiiN!!

    Cabaye 4 min
    Ba 34 min
    Cisse 41 min
    Ba 67 min
    Ba 70 min PK

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    not too sure about the wages – but too old ? – RIO – 34 – scholes – 37 nn- giggs -38 – or lanpard 35- ash cole -32 too old??????????????

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart no9
    the difference is those players were at the club when they were younger and got old at the club they weren’t signed on at age 30 because you won’t get your money’s worth out of an older player, and will have no sell-on value which is what ash is aiming for.

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  • Niff in the USA

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Just to add to the age debate.
    Since when was 30 years old the deciding factor on how good a player is? 30 is like your prime form, 35 you may start losing your engine but up too 37 is where the player isn’t gonna be able to keep up with the EPL standard IMO

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  • gaz 44

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #27

    27 is the prime for in my opinion.. 30 you lose too much pace want that extra touch n a bit too late in tackles.. don’t lose the technical ability but the physical aspects

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Erm, these aren’t robots we watch you know. Each individuals prime and subsequent decline happen at varying times and at various rates.

    MA will never buy somebody who is older than 27, that’s a fact.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    *From now on

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  • joe

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Its a fact that MA will never buy a 32 year old.. But anyone who doesnt want Seydou Keita in their team is either deluded or just plain ignorant! Even for 2-3 seasons he would have a massive impact on our immediate fortunes! That guy is a born winner and has played at the highest level alongside some of the greatest players in the world! You really Cant win anything with just kids you know!

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #31

    scottish toon @ 25 – would he be good enough to help get us iinto europe ?

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #32

    so any body over the age of 29 have lost therir pace but have bundles of experience they cant use because they are 30 ??????

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  • JamesP32

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #33

    @toonarmydownsouth

    “The most ridiculous one i heard was wen we git promoted about barca wantin a swap deal staylor for puyol!!!!”

    LMFAO, now that is worse =P

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  • tarie4

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Stuart no9 he has never played in the epl…he will need time to adapt…and can we take that risk…esp if he is 32??? I wud rather spend that 5 mill on corgnant?? Coz even if he doesn’t hot the ground running he has tym to adapt due to his age…imo this guy is passed his peak….you knw why?? Coz bar a are selling him on…he is looking for his last big pay day….let the bin dippers get him…

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  • Niff in the USA

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Well I guess we all know now Shearer was useless to us then eh? Henry made no impact coming back to Arsenal either… Older players can do more for a team even if they aren’t the same player they used to be. Unless they are Gerrard. He’s still so good 😐

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #36

    wheres davis_toons ?? the mans a freakin legend ya’ll

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #37

    tari4@34 i am sure with his outstanding ability, his wealth of experience . and playing along side messi for a while , i think you underestimate him slightly ” he is passed his peak” barca could bring their youth side here and give us a game, they have so much talent they are busy now putting a nother world class side together. they have so many they must at some time say we need to sell. since when has a barca player not been good enough? but it is totally irrelevant any way coz ash wont buy players to help get us into europe , he will only buy young and sell for profit. Where is that going to get us?

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  • gaz 44

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #38

    ok then who does he replace tiote or cabaye ..

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Sambas gone to anzhi would of loved to see him in a black n white shirt but not for £12 mil!

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  • shearermania

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #40

    only fools and horses

    men behaving badly

    fawlty towers

    young ones

    now thats proper tv shows for you……

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