Chelsea Target Top Newcastle Players – That’s A Surprise

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?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Not even close to enough money for the two of them…each perhaps but it is a paltry amount for two of the top performers in the league. Especially when they’re talking about £80+ for sodding Hulk.

  • ogm

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Here we go again.

    As we are not a rich club we will always have our best players linked to the moneybags clubs, most of the time nothing comes of it but if chelsea keep upping the money at some point you’d have to sell.

    Don’t want either to go but if they offer the sort of money that was offered for Carroll then I’d sell.

    Carr will already have the replacements scouted anyway

  • Dannyo

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    If we get £60 mill for the two of them, i’m not sure i could, or would, say no. As i’m confident we’d bring players of equal quality in.
    I’d be gutted to see them go tho, Tiote, Krul, Collo, our most pivotal players imo.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    The Krulminator should stay, he’s mint. I’m already looking forward to next season, some faces will be shown the door while a few new ones will be brought in. And with the expertise of Graham Carr and his crew, I’m sure we’ll see some good players brought in!

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Danyo is right. If a big enough offer comes in they will be sold. It’s business from Ashley not personal. They’re both on long term deals so there’s no pressure for us to sell them. But if Chelski want to offer £25 Million EACH. I suspect we’d take that offer and buy young talent, like we did when Krul and Tiote both arrived. If UEFA adhere to these fair play rules it will make life much harder for the big clubs and will put the selling clubs in a stronger position in the transfer market. Expect to see more and more players leaving on free transfers though.

  • spitfire_

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Krul should not leave at any price. The great goalies are hardest to find… but we have one. I don’t mind if Tiote or Ba leave for a right (high) price but not Krul.


    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    To all interested clubs.

  • Eyeball81

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree with Spitfire….look at the trouble Man Utd had replacing Schmeichel and Van der Sar….however I dont wnt to see any players leave….we’ve uncovered a gem, the envy of all the top clubs midfield in Tiote all for 3.5m…..real question is how much would we have to pay to replace him and is a player of his calibre available?

  • toonincheek

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    £35 million would probably do it, £40 million certainly would.

    I trust in Carr to find top quality replacements, but Tim and Chiek are not just top players, they are characters who define the team.
    Not so easy to replace.

  • magpie6699

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Just read in the “Daily Fibs” – Cisse and Ba are to be sold to Tottenham for £5 million because Ashley is a Tottenham fan and lost money at the Casino last night. Is that true?
    PS Did you know that the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary forgot to put the word “gullible” in? Check it out.

  • magpie6699

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    toonincheek – try £60+ million! Chelsea set their own bar when they paid £50 million for Torres. Anybody on here doesn’t think Krul has gained more PL points than Torres this season?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Way to early to start going on about players getting sold its only a couple of months since the last bout of hysteria,we all know the crack by now if a big enough offer comes in he’ll sell,but personally I cant see anybody paying more than 20M for Tiote and surely Trim Krul would have to cost 20M + if that skip rat De Gea is worth what he is and realistically you could probably prise Vorm from Swansea for much less than that.

  • Eyeball81

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I believe that chelsea will be having a major overhaul of their squad in the summer but given the FFP rules coming in I think abramovich will be shelling out big time…I just hope he’s not looking at our players when he opens the cheque book!!

  • Vask

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Having read the article, it seems based on mere conjecture, no quotes were included so I find it hard to find any truth in it other than old rumours resurfacing. I’m not worried.

  • Papi_Demba

    Mar 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Eyeball – good point was thinking the same as well that replacing Tiote may not be easy. UTD lost their mid and looked normal and had to re-call scholes.

    If we can get Europe that means more money as well and i hope that will convince Tiote to stay. Atleast one more season with the BEAST will do me…just one more season with the BEAST…

  • ArtyH

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Krul is only 23 and one of the best keepers in the league, so he could potentially go on for another 15 to 17+ years.
    If sold for £30m that works out to just over £2m a year in terms of purchase power, now compare that with a keeper of less ability it just is not worth it in the long run. Krul is worth a good 15 – 20 points a season to the toon, he proved that on Sunday. It would be Madness to sell him full stop!

  • geoff777

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s clearly paper bollox.

    Although I can see offers coming in for both players.
    Hopefully it will take really silly money before Ashley sells.

    Tiote 30M & Krul 20M ?

    You can do a lot of rebuilding with 50M

  • mindshaft

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Bizarre Chelski are linked with our players when they don’t even have a manager, can’t see a new manager being happy with next season players already picked without consultation

  • ArtyH

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #19

    How many players have left the toon for a bigger and better side ( and pay packet ) and found their career went into a tail spin? Or put another way how many went on to bigger and better things, Gazza excluded?

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #20

    ArtyH…Would love to agree with you but:
    Didi Haman
    Chris Waddle
    David Ginola
    Andy Cole
    I’m sure there are more too!

  • ArtyH

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    @ Benton, Ahh, yes but excluding them…..LOL’s.

    Well said M8.

  • magpiedave

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #22

    The day that top clubs are NOT LINKED with any of our players is the day that we have problems. It is the silly season when no transfers can take place so what are the papers going to fill their column inches with but rumours and rumours of rumorus never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. Usually these rumours can be traced back to agents who only make money when their players move on or sign new contracts, These stories keep their names in the headlines.
    Time to get rid of agents and can ever imagine when a jurno would print the truth not saying ‘a source’ or an ‘insider’ as soon a syou see that you know the story has no foundation.

  • cheikmate

    Mar 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #23


    For starters, they dont want or need Krul. Petr cech is only 29 and the ‘journo’ who wrote this clearly has forgot chelsea bought a fantastic new keeper Thibaut Courtois in the summer but loaned him out for the season.

    total nonsense, as for tiote, if drogba and kalou leave in the summer which is likely, will he still go then.
    plus they already have mikel, romeu and essien all who play in his position.

    chelsea bench or starting in european games for the toon ?

  • markmac

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    I dont think either would want to leave us tbh especially if we do manage to get into europe! feels nice to say that btw

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Benton Toon Exile @ 20 The one I can’t agree with in your – very short – list is Ginola. I believe he himself still rates his time at Newcastle as the peak of his career. What I would say is that when he went to Spurs he really became the darling of the London based media and as a result became more of a national pin up. But was he in a better team or closer to proper success? I don’t think so.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    If you want to be up there with the big boys you have to KEEP, not sell, your best players.
    We are supposed to be in a good financial position so why not get some decent transfer money in from fringe players who aren’t going to make it, like Gosling, Best, Williamson, Obertan and Guthrie (possibly), Harper, Raylor etc., and add it to the huge salary savings on departing players like Smith and Xisco?
    Use this money wisely (as we have in the past) and we should be set up for next season with ALL our current stars, some new signings and emerging players like Abeid, Vuckic, Almafitano, Ferguson and Sameobi filling the squad.
    Why destroy something that is building nicely by helping to improve Chelsea or Spurs etc.?

  • Graeme

    Mar 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Surely they would have to include someone like Sturridge into the equation to make it worth our while!!!

  • 9

    Mar 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #28

    wyn@26: You’re quite right we want to keep our best players, but this will be impossible as we are no longer daft enough to pay Hollywood wages – other clubs can and do and, for a while, can afford to, so there’s no chance of us keeping top talent. Sad but true, and not all that sad when you consider the way FF used to run things. It’s just being realistic.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #29

    i have said all season krul COULD go to chelsea, as cech is getting on a bit , and with krul being given a new contract means – he is on his way – somewhere , most probably chelsea , if not this summer defo next.

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Well Llambias started the ball rolling with his ‘Poor me, but if any BIG club comes in for any of our players, for example CHEICK TIOTE, ‘ we’d HAVE to SELL’.


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