Insiders within Newcastle have told the Journal that they don’t want to sell any of their top players this summer, and instead want to build on the squad that propelled Newcastle into 5th place in the Premier League last term.
Ben Arfa– linked with a move away from Newcastle
And that wouldn’t surprise us if that were absolutely true, because Mike Ashley is a sage person, and he will know that the next step in Newcastle’s rise back to football prominence in Europe is to qualify every year for European competition, and hopefully the Champions League, which gives out over £30M to each club that participates successfully in the league.
Newcastle’s top players like Tim Krul, Fabrisio Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa have all been linked with top clubs already this summer.
But according to an official at Newcastle, there has not been one formal bid for any of their top players yet, and the same official told the Journal it would be a bad time to sell any of Newcastle’s top players.
And a number of our stars like Cheick Tiote yesterday, and Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini, Papiss Cisse and others before him, have said they simply do not want to leave Newcastle.
The Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini had this to say to the local press recently about the summer transfer market:
“There is always speculation in the summer but it will be nice for it not to be about me this time.” “It happens when the transfer window is open. Sometimes because there is no football to talk about, people just want to talk about transfers when there is nothing there. It is football, it happens but I have always said I’m happy at Newcastle United.”
Things so far have been a lot quieter than last summer at this time, and that’s probably because of the Euro 2012 tournament taking place, where lots of top players and transfer targets, are currently fully engaged in representing their countries.
And it could well be that it’s early July, before we see any significant moves made for players in the summer transfer market.