We know there was some concern from Newcastle fans in our article of yesterday that the club could sell Papiss Cisse in the summer.
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That possibility was put out by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd, who stated that he thought Newcastle would get an offer in the summer they just couldn’t refuse from one of the big clubs, for the Newcastle number 9.
Maybe that would come from Manchester City, if they cannot get Robin van Persie to the Etihad Stadium, with their reported £40M bid.
Just a thought here – when are Manchester City going to be forced to balance their books and stop spending ridiculous amounts on transfer fees?
After all, they made a loss of £197M in their last financial year and the Financial Fair Play rules are meant to stop this kind of outlandish spending.
Back to Cisse - and the lad is not a bad signing for Newcastle at £8M – but it’s about par for Newcastle these days.
And how much is Papiss worth now – at least £40M we would estimate.
Papiss cost more than Demba Ba, who cost Newcastle around £2M in agent’s fees, and came as a “free transfer” from West Ham United, and some of Newcastle’s transfers recently have been remarkable, to say the least.
And we don’t think Mike Ashley will sell him unless a really monumental offer comes in.
Mike will want Newcastle in the Champions League in future seasons – he’s not daft – and there’s big money to be made in Europe’s top league.
This is the kind of mony the four English clubs are likely to make this season from the European Champions League - courtesy of that great financial football site – The Swiss Ramble.
While Mike Ashley had a tough time at Newcastle in his first two years on Tyneside, with the club ending up relegated in May, 2009 – Newcastle have since come roaring back in great style.
And we are now challenging for a European Champions League position, which was part of Ashley’s initial five year plan for Newcastle. This is what Geordie fans have been dreaming of since Freddy Shepherd sacked Bobby Robson in 2004, and started the Newcastle decline.
And while it’s always possible that Papiss Cisse could be sold – we don’t think he will be going anywhere in the summer, but we do expect Newcastle to give Papiss a new deal on Tyneside, he’s earned every penny of it since early February.