This Defender Too Expensive For Newcastle


We had an article out yesterday and we were wondering if Micah Richards was really a Newcastle target, since we have been continually linked with the player this year, and he would cost only £5M from Manchester City.

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Micah Richards – wages too high

But it seems his wage demands are way over the top according to a Chronicle report today, and Newcastle have already been offered the player,  but Mike Ashley almost had a heart attack when told of Micha’s wage demands – and they are (even) higher than what Fab Coloccini receives at the club.

But that must be  true of many City players leaving the club, because they were enticed to sign for the club by ridiculous wage offers a few years ago, but the club are now attempting to keep within the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules, and they were fined around £50M a month or so ago for failing to meet the criteria over the last three seasons.

Michah was already at City when owner Sheikh Mansour bought the club in August, 2008 – but he got a new deal at the club once Mansour was on board.

Richards has only one year left on that contract at City, which is why he is available for a low fee – but he’s trying to get the same wages he is on at Manchester City, and that could prove difficult for him at a new club.

What you want and what you get are two different things in life – so we wonder isfNewcastle have offered him a wage package that is within the limits at Newcastle?

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle haven’t scouted Richards so they say he’s not on the transfer list – but we need some new defenders brought in this summer, and we will need a right back should Mathieu Debuchy join Arsenal soon – which seems a very good bet.

Maybe a loan spell for Richards at Newcastle and see how he performs?

Comments welcome.

Written from Winchester, England.



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25 comments so far

  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    REPOST

    It’s either him or Cabella will join Newcastle.

    Would Newcastle buy both as they appear to play in the same position and have very similar styles I’m now not too sure.

    As Newcastle want Alexandre Lacazette I’m not too sure whether Lyon would let both he and Grenier go. If they did, it would go along way to solving their financial problems.

    It looks like it could be Alexandre Lacazette and either Grenier or Cabella that arrive.

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #2

    If SDJ cost 7.5mil, is Grenier worth double? It means his goals, assists, performance should be double too.

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  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Getting Richards isn’t a priority with Santon and his backup Raylor on the right and Haidara and his backup Dummitt on the left . Even getting a new right back may not be a priority.

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  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Santon03

    It’s not a like for like comparison between SDJ and Grenier. SDJ is a number 10 playing between the striker and midfield whereas as Grenier is a midfield player a la Cabaye.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon
    I see you havent clue about football, you think goals and assists are everything? he is completely different type then SDJ, he is deep lying playmaker, or advanced playmaker, SDJ is striker or number 10 position…and of course french league is tougher than dutch

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Toonfan8

    My point was there is nothing special that make his agent asking that price. Yes he is injured but he is not playing in WC, different with Debuchy. Debuchy playing well in WC, it’s justified that his value increased. If Grenier played well in WC, then his asking price is reasonable.

    I agree with you on Tiote, he is trying too hard to be a playmaker and ended up losing the ball very often. He is supposed to be winning the ball and give it to playmaker, that’s his job.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Everyone’s down on Ash and deservedly so but Richards is so error prone and allegedly has a real attitude problem so I think we dodged a bullet unless City pay part of the wages.

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #8

    A playmaker is a playmaker, doesn’t make much different what position he plays. Bonucci also become Juve playmaker when Pirlo is absent and Bonucci is a CB/ Sweeper.

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  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Shaker Shakrah

    Cabella can play on the wing but he also plays as a central attacking midfield player.

    Grenier can play as a central defensive playmaker but also as an attacking playmaker.

    Cabaye currently plays as the deep defensive playmaker for the French international side but he never did for us as Tiote was in that position. I have no idea what position Cabaye plays at in PSG.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #10

    * injury not error prone

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Yes, I don’t have a clue.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #12

    and he looks comfortable when he was there next to Cabaye, win ball and give it to Yohan…his game can improve with Grenier, because he is same type as Cabaye, excellent free kicks taker…and we need that

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #13

    How can you say French is tougher than Dutch league? Both leagues produce big talents. How can you meassure which tougher? Please give me a clue.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Bonucci will never be playmaker, maybee he is trying to be when Pirlo isnt there, but never reach Pirlos level…for me Pirlo is best playmaker in the world

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #15

    # Slank

    okay but Grenier and Cabella aren’t similar players
    and Grenier can’t play on the wings like Cabella
    and Grenier doesn’t have the dribbling skills and the pace
    and in the other hand Cabella doesn’t have the good Vision and the long range shots and he is not a playmaker and that’s why both of them would easily
    find a place in Newcastle’s Starting 11 .

    but my opinion is i don’t think Grenier will come 🙁

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #16

    He already did became a playmaker, Conte appointed him to be a playmaker and sweeper. I watched the game.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #17

    http://comparetheleagues.com/
    your answer is there 🙂

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #18

    I really hope that Newcastle don’t sign the flop Richards
    Janmat is a lot realistic target and replacement .

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #19

    He is not Prilo’s level, I agree. But he is good playmaker, you will be surprised how good he is. He is not bad at all.

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  • Sliema

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #20

    The French league is definitely tougher than the Dutch league!

    The French league has a heck of a lot of good players. There are teams with Superstars, your Zlatan’s, Thiago Silva’s, Falcao, James Rodriguez, and many more. Even those like Cabella, Lacazzette, Cabaye…

    The Dutch league has? Erm? ….
    It’s been very weak for years now. It only ever brings through a handful of Dutch players, not much else, lots of transfers from the Dutch league fail in England.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s funny how Ash has said he wants to see attacking football next season and Allardyce has forcefully been told to do so, as well as having an attacking coach forced upon him.

    It’s going to be a stretch for 2 dinosaurs Pardew and allardyce to change spots but Pulis at Palace showed it can be done and he is the godfather of anti football.

    I can’t help but start to get a bit excited by the new signing and hopefully more to follow of similar quality but I just hope Pardew has finally grasped the type of football we want to see and more importantly realise what would get him onside with disaffected fans.

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  • ToonMatt

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #22

    What did Ashley expect? That City would be paying him peanuts? Mikes an amateur when it comes to running a football club and he has turned our club in to the biggest joke in professional football, the sooner he sell’s up and goes the better but if attendances are over 50k next season he will stay here for the next 10 years at least.

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  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Sliema

    Success trasnfers like Amalfitano? There are so many who failed in PL.
    You can’t say it’s stronger because in ligue1 has oil billionaire there.
    I thought the way you meassure strength by national team or in CL. I guess I’m wrong, it’s meassured by money power.

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  • ToonTiger

    Jul 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Regarding Richards the only way he’ll be able to leave city is by taking a pay cut.

    Any other signings as long as they’re comparable or better then its all good. It’s time for Ben Arfa to move on or become a team player his antics and the pandering to him is counter productive.

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  • NYMAG

    Jul 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #25

    A lot if City players are going to be in the same position as Richards. On massive wages which no club wants to match. Maybe a QPR would offer him stupid money but I doubt he wants to be in Championship next season plus they’ve already got Rio and Caulker lined up. Richards should take a hard look at himself and think about why he got into the game in the first place and take a wage cut to say £50k per week….hardly a hardship.Milner is in the exact same position, except he actually thinks he could get a game at Liverpool or Arsenal….Completely overrated IMO.

    If Richards does reconsider his demands I would take him and play him mostly at cb alongside Colo.

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