Former Newcastle United target Tranquillo Barnetta will become a free agent in July.
Tranquillo Barnetta – available on a free transfer
The Swiss International winger was a target of Newcastle’s last summer, and has been a long term target of the Magpies, and the fee last summer was said to be around £6M for the Bayer Leverkusen player.
Tranquillo turned 27 on Tuesday, and he scored on two free kicks in quick succession against England in the Euro 2012 qualifiers on 4th June 2011, when Switzerland drew with England 2-2 at Wembley, and he looked a very good player in that game.
Bayer Leverkusen’s General Manager Wolfgang Holzhauser had this to say on the club’s website yesterday:
“Tranquillo has turned down our offer and he will leave us on June 30th.” “This is very regrettable because we wanted to extend his contract, but we could not reach an agreement financially.”
A serious knee injury kept him out of the side last season, and he appeared only once for the German club.
But he was a star player before that, and by our reckoning he played 188 times in the Bundesliga with 23 goals.
Barnetta has played 59 times for Switzerland with 9 goals, but it’s not clear whether Newcastle will now be interested in the player.
It seems as though his wage demands may be high, but maybe the Magpies will look into what wages he is demanding, and then see if it would be worthwhile to sign the player on a free transfer.
But with Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Sammy Ameobi – and new boy Romain Amalfitano – all able to perform well on the right wing, he may not fit into Newcastle’s plans these days.
We don’t think he does.
What do you think?