There are reports in Spain that Newcastle are looking at bringing in Real Madrid and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.
Ricardo Carvalho – available for £5M
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is keen to offload the 34-year-old, but when was the last time Newcastle signed somebody who was 34 years old or older?
That’s right, when we signed Sol Campbell in the summer of 2010, and that was an absolute disaster for Newcastle, and something Mike Ashley didn’t want to do, but was persuaded by then manager Chris Hughton, who worked with Sol at Tottenham.
After that experience we think there’s just no way Newcastle will sign Ricardo, although he used to be a very good player.
It’s the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo that’s reporting Newcastle’s Alan Pardew has targeted Carvalho as a potential recruit – we wonder who made all this stuff up?
They are also reporting that Newcastle could face competition from London club Tottenham, for the former Portuguese International, who would be valued at around £5M by Real.
£5M for a 34 year-old – pull the other one – it’s got bells on.
This is a silly story, and maybe it could be have been true when Freddy Shepherd was running the Tyneside club several years ago, but Newcastle don’t pay out big transfer fees and big wages to previously good players, who are past their best.
This story cannot be true.
For the record Carvalho has had a good career playing 210 times for Chelsea with 11 goals, and 61 times for Real Madrid with 3 goals, and before he joined Chelsea, he played 115 times for Porto with 4 goals, and his manager at all three clubs was Jose Mourinho.
Ricardo played 75 times for Portugal and scored four International goals.
What do you think?