News today that Arsenal have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in an attempt to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, and that’s according to talkSPORT – but we have no idea how true this report is.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Swansea last season
One thing is clear, and that is that Cheick, who turned 26 last month, has no wish to leave Newcastle, and he’s said continually to anybody who will listen that he has settled well on Tyneside, and likes the place.
Cheick is also on a decent contract at Newcastle which runs through 2017, and money does not seem to be a huge attraction for the Ivory Coast International.
But of course if these three top clubs are indeed after Tiote, Newcastle will wait to see if there are any real bids for the player, and maybe a bid of over £20M could meet Newcastle’s price for the player.
We all know that every single player has his price, but the players Newcastle want to keep have the proverbial “silly” price on their head, and Newcastle will only sell if a club comes in with a daft offer for one of their star players.
Maybe Liverpool will bid £30M?
Tiote joined Newcastle from FC Twente in August of 2010, for £3.5M, and he has quickly developed into one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League, and is now a key player for Newcastle in their quest next season to possibly qualify for the Champions League.
The news is that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will try to tempt Newcastle to sell, and he’s looking around for a top defensive midfield player this summer – if the reports are to be believed.
But things have changed at Newcastle since last summer, and Newcastle have very quickly built a top team, since they were relegated a short three years ago, and now the next step for the club is to continue building the squad, and challenge for a top four place in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.
Owner Mike Ashley is a money-man, and he has done a very good job over the last two years of getting the finances under control at the club, while at the same time building a top team. Some of the transfer deals done by Newcastle have just been amazing value.
But Mike knows there’s big money to be made in the Champions League, which will make Newcastle into a more wealthy club, and he knows that’s the next step in the come-back of Newcastle United, which started three years ago following relegation.
And you can’t get into the Champions League if you keep selling your very best players – and Cheick Tiote is one of Newcastle’s best players.
That’s why Newcastle cannot sell Cheick Tiote this summer.