Vurnon Anita, the Holland International, is very close to joining Newcastle United, and he has given a number of interviews, telling people that his understanding of the fee is €8.5M, which translates to about £6.6M, and that’s still a great deal for Newcastle for what is a top player – but he has also to agree a wage deal.
Vurnon Anita – very close to signing for Newcastle
So if that fee is accurate, Newcastle have paid just over half of what Manchester City have just paid out for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell.
You know Anita is good when his manager Frank de Boer tried to keep him at the club, and he was offered a new deal but he turned that down, but we still have to understand that no agreements have been reached with the player on compensation, but that seems the only thing that can now get in the way of his moving to Newcastle.
Anita had this to say to Eredivisie Live this morning:
“The clubs have a deal, I think €8.5M. Now I have to reach an agreement with Newcastle. I have an offer, but I can’t say more about this.” “The clubs have agreed a fee, but I have not,” “I’m still an Ajax player. I think it will be finished soon, but you never know how it will go.
“I have played for Ajax for 13 years, it has been a great time and I am grateful to Ajax.” “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.”
Ajax manager Frank de Boer also said he was disappointed with the sale of one of his key players at the very beginning of the season:
“The clubs are almost finished with the deal.” “Of course I believe that is very bad. Vurnon is a really important player for us. The season has just started, but there are some things you can’t do anything about.”
Vurnon played what could be his last game for Ajax yesterday in the 2-2 draw against AZ Alkmaar and Anita had this to say to De Telegraaf today:
“The wage I had in mind was above the new salary ceiling.”
It is expected that Vurnon will sign a five year deal at Newcastle, and as reported yesterday, the Tyneside club will review his wages after six months, and if he’s been a revelation on Tyneside, the club could give him more money, but he will have to earn it wearing those famous black and white stripes.
That seems fine with us.