Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has enquired about three players that he wants to improve his midfield for next season.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Swansea last season
And if the Daily Mail is to be believed, he has been quoted £32M for Spurs’ Luka Modric, £20M for Everton’s Leighton Baines and £20M for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote.
And Alex Ferguson thinks that each player is way over-priced – so that’s good news for Newcastle – if we are to keep Cheick Tiote on Tyneside. We even think he’s worth more than £20M, in today’s inflated prices for players.
But apparently that fee has not put Chelsea off the Ivorian midfielder, and Chelsea’s long term interest in the 25 year-old seems not to have diminished much at all, and the news is that Chelsea would be willing to pay £20M to take Cheick Tiote to south London.
Maybe that’s why, as we reported last night, Newcastle are in talks with Youssouf Mulumbu of West Brom, in an effort to replace Cheick on Tyneside.
If Cheick Tiote does move in the summer, and we hear of a different player leaving Newcastle every week, especially in the Sunday newspapers, then Newcastle will have made a profit of £16.5M on Tiote.
The Magpies paid £3.5M to FC Twente for him two years ago, after he had been scouted for a couple of years by Graham Carr, Newcastle’s talented Chief Scout.
Tiote has already turned down Chelsea in January of 2011, the same day that Andy Carroll was telling Newcastle officials that he wanted to leave his home-town club for Liverpool.
So we don’t know what happens if Newcastle accept a bid from Chelsea, and Cheick again says he doesn’t want to move – which is essentially what we were told happened sixteen months ago.
Cheick has already told anybody who will listen to him, that he wants to stay at Newcastle United.
What do you think?