Whenever a football agent is quoted in the press, you have to take it with a pinch of salt, a large pinch of salt usually, and that’s because agents usually have ulterior motives, and are only interested in generating interest for their client, so they can sell him and make some money.
Vurnon Anita – worth €9M?
Vurnon Anita’s agent Harry Lulofs has been interviewed by GOAL.com, and he says that it’s true that Newcastle have bid for the Ajax midfielder, who can also play full-back.
Here’s what Harry said yesterday:
“It’s not correct that Vurnon asked Ajax for a transfer” “It’s correct that Newcastle made an offer for him, but I don’t know how high this was.”
“They never tell me. Ajax did tell me that he can only leave when Newcastle pays an exceptional fee. They didn’t say how high that fee should be.”
“I think €9m is a decent fee,””If my information’s right, that’s what Tottenham paid for Vertonghen. Vurnon is a midfielder, so I think a fee around the €9m seems fair.”
“But it’s a strange market. Is Ola John who joined Benfica from FC Tent worth £3.9m or £11.75? Rafael van der Vaart, to me one of the best Dutch players of the last decade, left Ajax for Hamburger SV for not more than £3.1M.”
“Newcastle is a nice club,” “They play for the top five places in the Premier League and they want to join the Champions League.”
“Besides, that it’s a nice city. Vurnon is ready for a new step. He lives for his sport and is a real warrior. He’s also very good in one-touch football.”
Tottenham overpaid big time for center-back Jan Vertonghen, who has only one year left on his contract at Ajax, and yet they paid over £7M for him – that’s not a good deal.
And of course the bigger the fee the more Harry Lulofs will make on the Anita deal, so he’s all for a big fee, in fact the bigger the better.
Some of the deals being made by some clubs this summer are hardly good deals, and PSG seem to have more money than sense, and they paid a huge fee for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will be 31 in early October, and reportedly are paying him £220K/week on his three year contract.
Well after all, he did score one great goal at the Euro 2012 Championships.
The Paris club join Chelsea and Manchester City as clubs who are willing to pay way over the odds for their players, and pay them ridiculous wages, and we really wonder what happens when the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules kick into effect in a couple of years time.
We hope they don’t turn out to be a paper tiger.
Newcastle will continue along their thrifty ways in the transfer market, that seems very clear, but there’s no way they would pay €9M (about £7M) for Anita.
However, we’d still love to see this lad on Tyneside, we think he could be a big success at Newcastle, and of course he can play in a number of positions, and if he does arrive on Tyneside, we could see Debuchy and Anita as Newcastle’s two new full-backs next season.
That’s not beyond the realm of possibility.