News today in talkSPORT that Newcastle are after Chelsea striker Saloman Kalou.
Salomon Kalou – top Chelsea striker
The Ivory Coast International is now a free agent, and Chelsea have released him and apparently will not be offering the striker a new deal, and there’s news the striker has become disillusioned at the London club, with not playing enough over the last couple of seasons.
There’s no doubt that Kalou is a first rate striker, but we wonder if Newcastle can afford the player’s wages? Newcastle are always after a good deal, and are always well aware of those top players whose contracts are running out.
But we never thought Newcastle would be in the bidding for Kalou, simply because other clubs could offer him higher wages and we would have thought that Salomon would want to play in the European Champions League.
After all, he’s just won the whole thing playing for Chelsea in May, and he’s played in the Champions League at Chelsea, since he joined them from Dutch club Feyenoord, for £9M back in 2006.
Salomon joined Chelsea when he was a 20 year-old and he’s still only 26, and Roberto de Mateo seemed to resurrect his career when he took over as Chelsea boss in early March of this year, and we’re surprised Chelsea haven’t offered the lad a new deal, but he may still get one if Roberto gets the Chelsea manager job.
German club Schalke have already offered the winger/striker a very good deal and European Champions League football, and other clubs interested in the 48 times capped Ivorian are Arsenal, Liverpool and Turkish club Galatasaray.
Salomon has had a good career at Chelsea, and he has appeared for them 240 times and scored 60 goals and has 40 assists, and that’s a very good record at a top club.
There are two things that we think put Newcastle at a disadvantage for Kalou, one is we are not in the Champions League and the second is that his wages are probably too high for Newcastle.
But there’s no doubt he’s a very good player and can play up front or out on the wing, and could do a job for Newcastle.
But we’d be very surprised if Newcastle can pull this one off, with the odds seemingly stacked against the Tyneside club.
What do you think?