Further news on the Vurnon Anita potential transfer deal to Newcastle has unfolded tonight, with Vurnon himself talking about the deal, and saying that his next step is to talk to Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, because everything has to be right.
Vurnon Anita – to talk to Alan Pardew next
As reported earlier today Newcastle have finally agreed a fee for the player with his club Ajax, and the next step is to agree personal terms, and then after that a medical will take place at Newcastle and the contract will be signed – if all goes well.
This is what Anita said tonight after he had played for Ajax against Alkmaar:
“Ajax and Newcastle have reached an agreement, but I have not spoken to Newcastle yet.” “The complete picture must be good. If talks do not go well, I will stay at Ajax.” “But I think everything will be alright.”
The news a day or two ago was that Anita had turned down a new contract offer from Ajax, and that seemed to indicate he still wanted to leave the only club he has ever played for.
But Anita has revealed that his agent had made a counter offer to what the Ajax club had initially offered him, but it seems Ajax turned that down.
This is what Vurnon said:
“We submitted a counter proposal and Ajax didn’t accept it. So we look elsewhere.” “Leaving Ajax will be strange. I’ve played here for 13 years. I’ve enjoyed some good times and learned a lot.” “I am grateful to Ajax. It’s a pity I have to leave but football is like that sometimes.”
It was a little strange that after Ajax manager Frank de Boer announced an agreement had been reached with Newcastle earlier today, the player still played the whole game against Alkmaar, and after the game he also talked to Voetbal International:
“Now it’s up to me. But first I want to talk with the manager of Newcastle United before taking a decision.” “The whole picture has to be right for me.”
The game against Almaar is probably the last game he will play for Ajax, and he confirmed this when he was asked if that could be his last game for the Dutch Champions and he responded:
“That could be.”
The fee is thought to be somewhere in the range of €8M which is around £6.3M, and when you think players like Joe Joe Allen are going for £15M and Steven Fletcher for £12M, that’s another great deal for Newcastle, if we can pull it off.
But Alan Pardew has proved himself to be very persuasive when talking about Newcastle United, so things seem to be looking very good tonight that a deal can be completed for this excellent young footballer.
What do you think?