There are reports in Russia’s leading sports daily Izvestia, that Newcastle will be receiving a massive offer for their striker Papiss Cisse, or it could be they have received the offer already.
Papiss Cisse – offer coming in from Anzhi?
At the moment Newcastle have two experienced strikers, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi, and Shola could well be leaving this summer to get more first team games elsewhere, and Newcastle have still to replace Demba Ba , who left for Chelsea in January.
So we are short of strikers right now – and we need two top strikers coming in this summer.
But Izvestia seems to have some inside information on the thinking of Anzhi, who Newcastle beat 1-0 in the two-legged tie earlier this year in the Europa League.
This is what the report said:
“Anzhi is considering buying 27-year-old striker Papiss Cisse.” “Makhachkala are ready to offer around €18M for the transfer of the forward, – a contract with an annual salary of around €3M, which is significantly more than his current salary at Newcastle.”
€18M is around £15.5M, and if we had to hazard a guess, we think Mike Ashley will turn down this offer very quickly – if indeed it comes in – even though it’s a gain of around £6.5M over a short 16 months.
€3M in wages is around £2.6M, which is about £50K/week, which we would expect to be close to what Cisse’s already getting at Newcastle.
There were reports earlier this year that Borussia Dortmund may be after Cisse, to replace their top Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who will be joining Bayern Munich soon.
We expect some bids coming on for Newcastle’s top players this summer, and it could well be that a bid from Anzhi for Papiss Cisse will be the first one.
Newcastle signed Papiss Cisse from German club SC Freiburg for around £9M a year last January.
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