There have been no official approaches for any of Newcatsle’s top players yet, or so we are told.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Wolves
We ran a story on Sunday saying that both Manchester United and Chelsea were keen to take Cheick Tiote, but that Alex Ferguson was balking at the price being asked for Tiote by Newcastle – said to be £20M.
The stories in the Sunday papers were that was not however putting off Chelsea, who have been long-term admirers of the Ivorian, and if the stories are to be believed, Cheick turned down a move to Chelsea on the same day Andy Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool last year.
Tiote wants to stay at Newcastle, and he has been very clear about that, but some news stories yesterday were that those who are close to Cheick, were not being that adamant that he would stay on Tyneside.
And there was one story that he had tweeted that he was being forced out of Newcastle, but after searching the Internet we cannot find what could be a valid Twitter account for Cheick, and maybe he doesn’t have one.
And if the player himself is to be believed, Newcastle are already talking with West Brom defensive midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, and he would be a ready made replacement for Tiote, and we ran that story last Saturday.
We had a few emails yesterday asking if it could be true that Cheick could be forced out of the club, and we think it could be true.
Once a club comes in and meets Newcastle’s valuation of any player, they will accept it, which is really a communication to the player that they no longer want him on Tyneside, given they can get their asking price for him.
And what happened a year last January is probably that Newcastle at that time didn’t want to lose Cheick, because they had already lost Andy, and so were not too bothered he turned Chelsea down at that time.
The uproar about Andy leaving was bad enough for the Newcastle Board, never mind having Cheick leave too.
So if Chelsea come in with a £20M offer this summer, and Newcastle accept it – it tells Cheick he is no longer wanted on Tyneside – and remember, that’s an amazing £16.5M profit on the player, and Newcastle still got two great years out of Cheick.
Big business can be brutal, believe me, and football these days, especially at the top level like the English Premier League, is rapidly becoming a huge global business.
Don’t get us wrong, we want Cheick to stay on Tyneside, but once Newcastle accept an offer for him – indeed for any player – the writing is on the wall that he will leave the club.
And the good news is that with Chief Scout Graham Carr at Newcastle, you’ve got to be believe that Newcastle have top replacements lined up for all of their top players, should one of them leave this summer.