It has to stop sometime – that top clubs come in for Newcastle’s best players – and expect to get them.
Tim Krul - in great form for Newcastle this season
News this Sunday (readers beware) that Chelsea are after Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul this summer, but it’s not the first time Tim has been linked with Chelsea, and Tottenham have also been credited with an interested for the Dutchman.
There are fears that Newcastle top striker Demba Ba, who has 16 goals for Newcastle this season and came as a a free agent last summer, may also leave for his home town club Paris Saint Germain.
We suppose it’s only natural that clubs want our players, because Newcastle have so over achieved this season, currently being in 5th position in the league table and 2 points above big spenders Chelsea.
The news is that Chelsea will come in with a £15M offer for Tim, whose two ambitions in football are to be the Newcastle number one, and the Dutch number one goalkeeper.
He has achieved his first goal this season, and has already played a couple of times for Holland, and he has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season at only 23, which is young for a goalkeeper.
The news is that there is the lure of Champions League Football at Chelsea - really?
Chelsea will need to finish in 4th place to achieve that, or to win the Champions League this season, with the London team to meet Barcelona in the first leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Newcastle are currently one point away from being 4th top in the league, and have an outside chance of making the Champions League this season, as Newcastle already seem to be 99% certain to be in the Europa League next term.
Liverpool beat Everton yesterday to reach the FA Cup Final, and that means 6th place in the league table will get a Europa League position with Liverpool having already qualified by winning the Carling Cup.
Newcastle are 12 points ahead of Everton with 15 points to play for, so 4 points will guarantee Newcastle 5th place in the league in the final 5 games of the season.
So there may have to be some other reasons for Newcastle players to want to join other clubs, than for the lure of European competition.
There are supposed to be growing concerns at Chelsea over the form of Petr Cech, according to the Sunday Mail, but this could just be paper talk, and it is Sunday, after all.
Cech has been one of Chelsea’s best performing players lately.
If some club comes in with the right money for Krul, Newcastle could be tempted to sell, but it would have to be an awful lot more than £15M for Mike Ashley to sell the top Dutchman, and Tim has always said he is happy on Tyneside.
What do you think?