With the European Championships starting in early June, a number of clubs may want to delay releasing their players until after the tournament.
Foot injury keeps Erik Pieters out of the Dutch squad this summer
One reason for that is they’ll be hoping their players play well for their countries, which will help to drive up the transfer fee.
And on the other hand that’s why Newcastle will try to tie up players early in the summer, especially those that will not be in involved in European competition like 22 year-old Romain Amalfitano of French second division club Stade Reims, who will likely be announced as Newcastle’s first signing, on a three year deal.
Roman is a free transfer and it seems very low risk, and he could well be a late developer like his brother Morgan Amalfitano at Marseilles, who was recently capped for the first time for France.
Roman has not said a word since he made this comment in late February:
“I am a Reims player and I will be out of contract at the end of the season,” ”I want to finish this season strongly.”
“Newcastle are a fantastic club and to play for them would be a dream come true, but nothing is done as yet. Let’s wait and see what happens.”
Alan Pardew is talking about bringing in three top players this summer – at least – and some of them seem to be playing in the European Championships to be held in Poland and the Ukraine.
One of them could Mathieu Debuchy of Lille and France, but Erik Pieters of PSV and Holland withdrew from the squad on May 7th, after tests showed he would not recover in time from his foot injury.
Alan Pardew talked about Newcastle’s targets and the upcoming European Championships:
“We’re already thinking about two or three players, but I think you’ll find that a lot of the clubs who might want to do early business will have to wait until the European Championships are over.”
“It’s going to be a bit like a roulette wheel, and I’m hoping that the players we’re looking at all have awful tournaments. But there’s a good chance they’re going to have excellent tournaments, and all of a sudden, their price might look a bit different.”
“I think all of us will be looking at that closely.” “I don’t know about moving to the next level, but we’re certainly going to have a more difficult season next year,”
“We’ve got the African Cup of Nations again, we’ve got the Olympics during pre-season and we’ve also got the demands of the Europa League. That will affect all of our players.”
“We’ve had to wait for Sunday’s result because the Champions League obviously would have changed things, but now we’ll sit down next week and try to work out a game plan where we cover all the issues that are going to arise. It’s not going to be easy.”
We expect Newcastle to announce their summer tour plans this week, now that the club knows what their commitments to Europe will be next season.
And the tour looks like it entails at least a couple of matches in Europe.