With the summer transfer window quickly approaching, we suppose we’ll have to put up with stories about top clubs after some of our top players.
Tim Krul – Newcastle number one goalkeeper
And there’s a report in the Independent today that Chelsea will try to sign defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote and goalkeeper Tim Krul from Newcastle in the summer.
This is not new news about Tiote of course, and a year last January Chelsea came in for the Ivorian, but he didn’t want to move to Chelsea, and doesn’t particularly want to live in London, and the deal didn’t go through.
Instead, Newcastle offered the lad a new bumper six and a half year deal to stay at Newcastle.
And we would expect a number of top clubs to be looking at Tim Krul, who at 23 is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and Tim should only get better as he gets older.
But there again Tim has been on Tyneside since the summer of 2005, when he was just 17, and he has said his two ambitions in football are to be a regular for Newcastle United and also for the Holland national side.
Tim just signed a lucrative five year deal to stay at Newcastle, so it will take big money for Newcastle to sell their goalkeeper, that’s for sure.
The only surprise is it’s the first time we’ve heard Chelsea are interested in our goalkeeper, with Tottenham already linked with the Dutch International.
We don’t think things will change at Newcastle, and if Chelsea come in with some daft offers for the players, like Liverpool did with Andy Carroll, Mike Ashley could accept the bid.
But Newcastle don’t really need the money as much as they did 14 months ago when Carroll was sold, and we have learned recently that Mike Ashley was the one who didn’t want to sell Andy.
And of course Newcastle recently announced stellar financial figures for the financial year through June 30th last year, and all trends are in the right direction, and Newcastle made a loss of only £3.9M, compared to £33.5M in the previous year.
As a comparison, Chelsea made a loss of £67.7M in their last financial year, and will need to tighten their belts as the new UEFA Financial Fair Play rules start to take effect and clubs are forced to balance their books, or at least you would think that.
Back in January of 2011 Mike Ashley held out until Liverpool increased their bid to a cool £35M in cash up front for Andy Carroll – and he then made the deal.
As it turns out that deal has been great for Newcastle, and a little embarrassing for Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager as Carroll hasn’t scored many goals.
Newcastle replaced Andy with Demba Ba on a free transfer last summer, and the Senegal International has 16 goals in the Premier League this season for the Magpies.
And then Newcastle splashed out £9M on Papiss Cisse from SC Freiburg in January, and he has 3 goals in five games for Newcastle, while Andy has really struggled at Liverpool.
We’d be surprised if any club could come in with a big enough offer to buy either Cheick Tiote or Tim Krul, but of course anything is possible.
What do you think?