It was thought that Vurnon Anita had traveled to Newcastle yesterday (Monday) for talks with Newcastle, pending his potential move to Tyneside, after Ajax and Newcastle had finally agreed a fee of €8.5M for the player.
Vurnon Anita – still in Holland
But Vurnon is still apparently in Amsterdam, and his father says that they have not even been invited over for discussions with Newcastle as of last night.
This is what Vurnon’s father has told Voetbal International:
“We have an offer from Newcastle United but we are not in Newcastle yet.” “Newcastle and Ajax have agreed a fee but Vurnon wants to know what plans the Newcastle head coach (Pardew) has for him.
“Will Vurnon play at right-back? or left back? or in the midfield?” “These are important questions for Vurnon in making his final decision. He doesn’t know the answer yet.”
“Vurnon is free on Tuesday, but we have not received an invitation from Newcastle United to come to England.” “For now, we will just stay in the Netherlands.”
“If the conversation between the head coach of Newcastle United and Vurnon goes in a positive manner, then the move can go through.” “It may be done within a week.”
That seems a little surprising that Anita is not in Newcastle yet, and that he hasn’t even been invited by Newcastle to visit Tyneside, as it was widely assumed he would hold discussions with Alan Pardew, and then discuss terms with Newcastle via his new agent, Mino Raiola .
But from what he says he’s not only interested in what wages Newcastle are willing to pay him, but also what position he will play in at Newcastle.
Vurnon can play at left-back or as a holding midfielder, so we don’t know which position he prefers, having played defensive midfield for Ajax last season.
The season before last he played mostly at left back, and we would have thought the answer to the question was that he could play in either position at Newcastle, but he’ll have to fight for his place in the first team, just like any other player on Tyneside.
If Vurnon wants a guarantee of a starting position at Newcastle, he may not get that from Alan Pardew.
Once a fee is agreed between two clubs for a player, the next step is to agree terms with the player and his agent, so we’re not sure what the hold up is.
Anita has a new Italian agent in Mino Raiola, who is renowned for doing quick deals for his clients, and certainly the potential transfer has come a long way over the last couple of days or so, but Anita still has to hold discussions with Alan Pardew, which look now to be crucial.
Newcastle are still hoping to complete the deal this week, but the sooner Anita signs, the more chance he will have of making his debut for Newcastle against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
We still have high hopes this deal will be completed soon.