It seems that the clubs who have some of Newcastle’s transfer targets this summer are adamant in trying to keep their players at the club, and news today that Ajax have offered Vurnon Anita a new contract, and it looks a good one too. The other news on Anita is that Newcastle have put in a second bid of €9.5M for the Dutchman.
Vurnon Anita – Newcastle bid €9.5M for Ajax player?
The news is in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and it seems it’s a move to hold off the club that has been after him all summer – Newcastle.
Ajax Director of Football Marc Overmars tells the newspaper:
“We do not want to lose Vurnon. That’s why we have made him an offer to sign with us until 2015 or 2016.” “The coaching staff has been very clear.”
“Vurnon is very important for the team and we do not want to let him go. With his new contract he would be one of the highest earners at Ajax and his services will be appreciated.”
Of course even with this new lucrative contract, it’s likely that Newcastle will still be able to offer the Dutchman better terms, but this is a case in point, where a player Newcastle are after comes out of it in better shape, even if they don’t join Newcastle.
The newspaper is also reporting that Newcastle are readying an improved offer for the player, but it’s hard to believe, because they say it’s €9.5M, and our first offer was supposed to be for just €5M.
There’s just no way Newcastle would be offering around £7.6M for the Dutch International.
Newcastle have been watching Anita in pre-season and he’s looked impressive, but there’s even a possibility that the player will accept the new offer from Ajax, which is what his father is telling the newspaper:
“Vurnon is keeping all his options open. He wants to see what other countries can offer, but Ajax have offered this contract to show how much they want him.”
But money isn’t everything, well not with a certain percentage of players that is, and Anita has already said he would love to play in the Premier League, and has talked in lyrical terms about a certain Newcastle United Football club.
On July 1st, this is what Anita had to say about a potential move in Ajax Life:
“Newcastle are a beautiful club. I’m open to anything. We’ll see what happens, but there’s nothing wrong with listening to Ajax and what interested clubs have to say.”
“I will seriously consider anything that comes up. Does it matter to me that Newcastle are not in the Champions League? – No.” ”However, I’m an Ajax player for now. I’m focusing on Ajax.”
“Newcastle’s interest has made me think about a potential transfer, though. It’s a sign that I’m on the right track and have to keep this up. I haven’t set a deadline for when I want clarity. I’ll just see how this pans out.”
This is what his agent Harry Lulofs said on July 20th, which is probably where the €9M fee comes from:
“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.” “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.”
This is another transfer that has dragged on, since Newcastle are said to have put in an initial bid of €5M for the player some weeks ago, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle have bid €9.5M for Anita, even if they have put in a second bid.
What do you think?