Brendan Rodgers is getting frustrated by Newcastle trying to take Andy Carroll on loan for the season, with an option to buy him back for around £13M next summer, and Liverpool want £20M for the big Geordie striker, which would still be a cool £15M loss in a short 20 months on the center forward.
Carroll with Rodgers – he’s now a squad player at £80K/week
And if Newcastle can sign Andy back permanently for £13M, they will have lost Andy Carroll for a season and a half, over span of two and a half years, and made £22M on the deal – and you think Mike Ashley isn’t an excellent businessman?
But it’s Liverpool that has the problem, which is why Rodgers is so annoyed at Newcastle, that they wont do the right thing and buy Andy back for £20M - Newcastle will not do that because Andy’s not worth £20M, and he wasn’t worth £35M either, but it wasn’t Newcastle’s fault that Liverpool made such a ridiculously high bid.
Newcastle prefer to sign strikers like Papiss Cisse for £9M and Demba Ba on a free transfer.
What are Newcastle supposed to say to Liverpool – sorry for taking your money?
This is what Rodgers said on Wednesday:
“Newcastle got £35M for this player last year.” “Even to consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty. There is nothing more in it for me.” ‘I need a minimum of three strikers. Once the window shuts, that it is it until January.”
“I have got Luis Suarez, Fabio Borini and Andy. I would need to be a nutcase to even consider at this moment letting Andy Carroll go out, unless there are other solutions for that.”
“At the moment there isn’t. Andy has been working well.” ”He knows the situation, like the rest of the group do, and we will take it from there. We have a small squad as it is. We have lost a lot of players this summer and I have not replaced them as yet.”
“It’s an opportunity for the squad players.” ”I have to protect some of my players, as we have a massive game against Manchester City at the weekend.”
There’s no doubt that Andy has been relegated to being a squad player at Liverpool, although he didn’t seem to be much better when he was managed by Kenny Dalglish, and the Scot was the man who persuaded the American owners to fork out £35M for the big Geordie striker.
But given that Andy Carroll has made it clear he will not leave Liverpool for any other club other than Newcastle United, his home town club, it puts Liverpool in a rather poor negotiating position.
And while they can snub Newcastle’s offer, and probably will, that will mean they will be paying a striker, who is an England starter at the moment, a cool £80K/week to warm the bench.
That’s not good use of Liverpool’s money, but signing Andy for £35M in cool cash, wasn’t good use of Liverpool’s money either, and that’s what comes when clubs make really poor decisions in the transfer market, just as Newcastle used to do frequently under Freddy Shepherd.
But not any more, and Newcastle today make some great deals, and refuse to pay over the odds for any player, and that includes former local hero Andy Carroll.
That’s not good news for Liverpool.
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