Newcastle Close To Completing 7th Signing Of The Summer


Chilean news outlet El Mercurio is reporting that Newcastle United are close to getting their 7th signing through the door this summer,  with a fee agreed with Juventus for the transfer of Mauricio Isla, who had an injury ravaged season at the Italian club, but played very well for Chile in the World Cup, where they were unlucky to go out to Brazil in a penalty shoot-out in the knockout rounds.

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Mauricio Isla – Juventus player

Isla’s best position is at right back, although he can also play on the wing and in central midfield, but one thing we aren’t clear about is why we would bring in another right sided player – after we have already signed Daryl Janmaat and Remy Cabella.

Newcastle do however have some competition from both Arsenal and Liverpool for the player,  and the fee is said to be €10M (about £8M) so the 26 year-old doesn’t come cheaply.

The news has been reported today by a number of outlets in England, and it seems like the fee has been agreed between the club, but the wages are still being negotiated – with the Chilean International, who played every minute of every games for Chile in the World Cup in Brazil – wants around £2M per year.

If Newcastle can get Isla to Tyneside, it would be another coup this summer, and Isla is a very good player.

If the news is accurate and Newcastle are speaking compensation with the player and his agent – the deal could be completed quite soon.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Update: There is news tonight that this story may not be accurate, and it seems that Mauricio Isla was one of our right back targets – but  before we signed Daryl Janmaat last week.

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314 comments so far

  • pawl250

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Ourtoon

    Who exactly was the flair player who made us finish 5th?

    The team was

    Krul
    Simpson STaylor Coloccini RTaylor
    Obertan Cabaye Tiote Jonas
    Best Ba

    Flair? 5th?

    I think your will find your beloved was on the bench the majority of that season.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Odd signing if correct. Surely more likely points to an exit of a first teamer?

    I wrote an essay at the end of the last thread, I’d repost it, but can’t help but feel it is too long!

    Pawl,
    HBA and Cisse were crucial in securing that 5th spot thanks to the great run we went on in the second half of the season. Totally distorting fact by claiming that team got us 5th.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    @Our Toon // Jul 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Flair players = 5th??

    As i said before, i think you are too extreme in your view. You need to be a little more level headed so that your argument makes sense.

    HBA is far too inconsistent and he just makes the rest of the team frustrated. We cannot carry him. We are not Barcelona or Bayern with world class players all around.

    He’s an average player in a below average team. He needs to help the team and work hard. If he can perform and punish teams regularly like Ginola / Robert then fine go ahead. If he’s going to be disappearing in 3/4 of the games then its only right for him to kicked out.

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  • DokToon

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    perhaps the signing is to create depth for a long cup run? :p

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Less than 40000 a week? Bargain. This would give us two ‘purple’ at rb, and as janmaat is also a tidy winger (rwb for holland) we have some excellent tactical options, IF we sign isla.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree,

    Odd signing.

    Very good player.

    Wonder where he’d play.

    A tactical manager would relish the different teams available for certain games.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I’d be interested. You’ve seen my essays. Please repost (too lazy to go back now)

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  • pawl250

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Lilon

    No Ba was crucial first part of the season, Cisse the second part.

    The defence first part of the season was fantastic also.

    Ben Arfa played 26 games, majority being off the bench considering up until December we named pretty much an unchanged side

    Krul
    Simpson – STaylor – Coloccini – RTaylor
    OBERTAN – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas
    Best/Shola – Ba

    Ben Arfas role was very much from the bench as he refused to defend at the time.

    The team was very much that unless injuries and suspensions.

    STaylor then got injured against Chelsea and Coloccini in the same game.

    This was pretty much are first change and when we start losing points on the teams above. We had to play likes of Simpson in central defence as we had no cover for both central defenders.

    I seen every game that year and although Ben Arfa contributed about 6 maybe 7 goals he was not pivotal in our finish in 5th place. He was very much a back up player.

    I remember fans desperate for Ben Arfa to come on as Obertan was awful, but he did not start games until later stages in the season.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    And I think our 5th placed finish was more down to the team effort.

    Ba and Cisse obviously were exceptional.

    Colo was best CB in the league that season in a team that had clearly been lifted by the new recruits.

    HBA had some clear key contributions (WBA, Bolton) but he wasnt a mainstay in the team for either of our critical runs.

    I dont think you can single out one player. If you had to it would have to be Ba and Cisse.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Also In south american football, full back is essencially an attacking position. Thats why Solano was such a fantastic winger in the prem, whilest still playing at right back for peru. So we might find Isla on the right side. I squad with options like this is a strong squad. Will Pardew know how to use these options? Time will tell, again this is IF we sign Isla.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    LGF – Just for you! 😉

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Ha, what a refreshing and different topic we seem to be discussing today!

    Pardew is rubbish. HBA is selfish. I’d say that both are far too egotistical to make this work, and in an ideal world I’d be happy seeing both of them head over the Tyne Bridge ne’er to return.

    Still, for HBA, I don’t see why we are discussing wanting him to track back. I certainly don’t want to see him do that. As for all these other players that are similar style players that track back, nonsense. The issue in terms of HBA’s work rate or lack of has nowt todo with tracking back. All these flair players, including HBA can be seen tracking back and making a challenge occasionally, but that isn’t the norm, and nor would anyone want it to be – except maybe Pards.

    However what they do, which HBA doesn’t do as often, is press high up, harry defenders and pressure the ball. HBA could easily do more of this if the attitude was there. It isn’t. Never has been. That is why he plays for NUFC rather than a team challenging for trophies every year. He also makes bad decisions; he does, you see them every time he plays. All players do, but to be at the top (which is where his talent should be) then you can’t be as poor. The difference is in the percentage of times the top players get it right. Far more often. That is why you see the more limited players playing sensible when they could try and beat a few men. HBA hasn’t developed to know when he should and shouldn’t run or pass, cross or shoot.

    However Pardew has now ostracised him in a ridiculous fashion which is making it harder to sell him, and he totally mismanaged him last year. Once Cabaye went, HBA was the creativity that Pardew needed to harness, he couldn’t, doesn’t have the nous, or the humility to take his cap in hand and make things right. Pardew is completely limited in his managerial ability. We will no doubt see it again this season.

    We have Cabella now who according to numerous French sports journos is as talented as HBA but with a better all round game and end product. So it is the end of the road for HBA at SJP. I wish him luck, and hope he can solve his issues, but he is coming to the tail end of his career.

    It would be great if the club and player could get together and resolve this, find Benny a new club that would suit him, and if needed pay the difference between what HBA earns here and what a new club could pay him. No point having him here sulking and not playing. The lad needs help, not being ostracised and vilified.

    Another manager would probably get more out of HBA, but never more than the players attitude allows.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    8pawl250

    I remember Obertan actually had a fairly respectable start for a lad who had played a total of 5 games in two years for Man U or something.

    He ran the channels and wore his opponent out. Got a few assists if I recall.

    He stilll has promise in my mind then.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #13

    @Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    To say HBA was integral to finishing fifth is taking it too far.

    We played rubbish football that season. We were lucky Cisse’s shots all went in. We were lucky liverpool and chelsea were pathetic. Alot of luck went our way.

    Until today i’d say that season was a fluke and nothing more. doesn’t show pardew ability at all.

    Back on topic on HBA, bottomline he wasn’t integral to finishing 5th. he didn’t start every single game nor did he play for 90 minutes in majority like as if he was indispensible.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Isla would be a good buy. provide cover for Janmaat so m’biwa can finally move to centre back, and isla is also what you call a good wide midfielder.

    i don’t think we are crying out for a centre back too much, if we do get a young one like dier then he’d just be loaned out we already have 4 who are probably staying in m’biwa, colo, willo and taylor.

    all we need is better organisation and tactics. the defence was over worked last season because we spent more time in our own half than the oppositions!

    we just need a striker who can guarantee goals from the off, and has good power and pace, someone like Benteke.

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  • TemurisBaldyBonce

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    WE HAVE NO INTEREST IN ISLA! FFS!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Pawl,
    I can only assume you didn’t read my post re them being crucial in the second half of the season seen as you talk about the team up to December. And then talk about HBA starting games later in the season. Feel free to re read it and realise that your response really didn’t address anything I said.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Accoridng to Wiki Ben Arfa started 15 games with the rest from the bench.

    Thats nearly 1/4 of the season. Hardly pivotal in the whole season.

    Like I said Cisse 13 games 13 goals

    Ba 35 games 16 goals, I think all up to Decemeber and possibly 1-2 in the second half of the season when he was placed on the wing.

    Obertan started 18 games more than Ben Arfa.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    That should have been

    started 18 games, more than Ben Arfa

    He did not score 18 games more than him. Just more starting games than Ben Arfa.

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  • dazza

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #19

    That will be Sissoko off then

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Ilovetoon,
    In the second half of the season we had our best run of form when HBA played. I am not an HBA fan, and never have been overly taken with him, but he did play an important role in our form then. I think I used crucial, integral would certainly push it too far. At the time, opposition didn’t know how to cope with the three attacking players as each had shown that season they could cause damage. Be that in creating space by pulling a man away, or an actual goal or assist. It is an equally important part of the game.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #21

    What a load of crap, he’s a starting quality right wing back suited to a 3-5-2 formation, only doesn’t start for Juve because Lichtsteiner plays there and he hasn’t replicated his Udinese form. He played centre mid like once or twice.

    We are absolutely not signing this guy.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Lookslike end of the road for hatem..
    Don’t know this chilean,but IMO Depay or
    Shelvey are better options.if we sign isla
    For £8m,we won’t go for Gernier or any
    Other striker. strange move by NU…
    Isla is not first choice player at juve,but had fantastic two seasons with Udinese prior to that.”I’ll accept being bench warmer and wait for my chance”
    Kind of player….IMO..

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  • dmhomag

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t understand the call for another striker. We now have Riviere, Cisse, SDJ, Perez, two young Adams.

    The modern game has evolved away from goal poachers and centre forwards, to false 9s, and attacking midfielders who are good on the ball, passing and assists.

    Germany won the World Cup with a single 36 year old striker who featured in half the games, and 10 world class midfielders. The two leading scorers were midfielders, James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #24

    @Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM
    Pawl,
    HBA and Cisse were crucial in securing that 5th spot thanks to the great run we went on in the second half of the season
    ———–
    you clearly mentioned HBA was crucial in securing 5th. stop being so dodgy.

    HBA was never crucial in any way. the only reason we went on that wonderful so called run was Cisse banging goals in left right centre from god knows where positions. all of them were contenders for goal of the season. if not for those goals, we were totally dominated by sides that season. we were VERY VERY LUCKY!

    make a stand. don’t flip flop flip flop your stance.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Not a bad signing if it comes off, I’d rather we get too many than not enough…and if it means somebody is off at least we have their replacement in first, which is a positive step in our transfer policy.

    A good striker and I will be happy, always knew we’d do enough to ensure we are comfortably safe in the league, which is always a good start to the campaign.

    Glad marvoeux has now gone, he was a nothing player, offered some assists I know but was never fitting into the style and didn’t work anywhere near hard enough…..I know you need more than a work horse but the chillian and other south american sides showed in the world cup that you can have ability and also work very very hard for the team…it doesn’t need to be one of the other, so good riddance to marv and benny.

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  • dazza

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Also on HBA, I love the Fatem as much as the next guy but I fear his talents have started to wane.

    I can recall a number of games last year where HBA’s skill moves were not working on defenders. They had seen enough tape on him and knew what he was planning. It got pretty embarrassing in one game (Everton?)

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #27

    @Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Ilovetoon,
    In the second half of the season we had our best run of form when HBA played. I am not an HBA fan, and never have been overly taken with him, but he did play an important role in our form then. I think I used crucial, integral would certainly push it too far. At the time, opposition didn’t know how to cope with the three attacking players as each had shown that season they could cause damage. Be that in creating space by pulling a man away, or an actual goal or assist. It is an equally important part of the game.
    ———————————

    Your living in an alternate universe where HBA was strutting his stuff and weaving magic game after game and got us the 5th finish.

    can i have some of what your smoking?

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #28

    pawl250
    I wonder if you liked that football, when we finished 5th…with that style it was mirracle we finished 5th…we have better team now…we need striker Benteke type…dont bring young players on loan, rather give chance to our youngsters, Pérez, Aarons,Armstrong…Abeid must be given chance…I like that team…we have some really good players

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    11Lilongwe

    “He also makes bad decisions; he does, you see them every time he plays. All players do, but to be at the top (which is where his talent should be) then you can’t be as poor. The difference is in the percentage of times the top players get it right. Far more often. That is why you see the more limited players playing sensible when they could try and beat a few men. HBA hasn’t developed to know when he should and shouldn’t run or pass, cross or shoot.”

    Could not agree with this part especially.

    Great flair players are confident in their own greatness enough to have the humility to be un-selfish when the opportunity occurs.

    We see it with Messi, Rodriguez, Di Maria and despite his other obvious flaws…Suarez.

    Perhaps Benny believes his own hype (which us fans are partially to blame for) to the point he insists on trying to do it all himself.

    At the same time, very often he was not given much in the way of passing options which is a whole different issue with our game at times.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t think our 5th season was lucky at all.

    We defended well in most games (3rd most clean sheets) and when we didn’t we had a top class keeper doing his job well, we got the occasional spanking but we scored good goals.

    I know they were mainly individual goals but that is what happens when you have players like ba and ben arfa who play for themselves and their own reputation, cisse did the same too, just shot didn’t look to link play. We did well with what we had.

    I think this year top 8 is on for definite, quite possibly top 6 if we get a couple more in.

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    @OhSholaAmeobi

    He starter 16 games for Juve last season as a defensive midfielder, right side.

    He started 4 games as right back.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #32

    I also think some of the young lads like armstrong and aarons can make an impact and be much better squad players than shola and jonas if they are trusted to play games.

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Always a risk to go for players from the Serie A with their low tempo, posession oriented football.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Lil

    He was not crucial though. Cisse yes, Ben Arfa, no.

    I really cannot remember thinking in the later stages of the year thank god we have Ben Arfa….

    I can remember thinking where would we be without Cisse and I cannot believe the amount of abuse Ba gets yet again another unsung hero when not scoring goals.

    Ben Arfa has never been crucial to the Newcastle team. He has never fit in to our work ethic that season, when arguably it was the season we as a team worked for each other. Ben Arfa NEVER has done such a thing.

    As stated its the Ben Arfa show in his head. He thinks successfully taking on one or two players grants him the right to lose the ball the other 5-6 times in a 45 minute period.

    He was always the player making way, and never crucial.

    Tiote was epic that season, Cabaye even more so.

    Coloccini had the best season he has ever had for us.

    Krul was excellent.

    The general football was not great, it was very much counter attacking football. But the team itself performed as they needed to get results.

    To say Ben Arfa was crucial is hilarious. I think the best I have seen Ben Arfa play was when he first arrived then got that horrific injury. Beyond then I can never say he has been our main player, or crucial.

    As above

    Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Colo, Tiote, Krul were by far, more important players. Even Jonas with his never die attitude and arguably Simpson with his off the line clearances still come above Benny.

    Sorry but cannot see your logic even in the second half of the season where Cisse very much did the scoring of goals to win matches.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #35

    26ilovetoon8788

    That is arguably true. Especially when we switch to a 4-3-3.

    Im sure Pardew said himself after that Ba should have left in the summer. But at the end of that season had we sold Ba, kept the rest of the team and signed goalscoring LW. We would have had a very nice team.

    Pardews problems came when he tried to assimilate Ba and Cisse the following season.

    You wonder what couldve been had he made Ba and Cisse compete. One is not doing the job, get the other on at 60mins. Most inform gets starting berth.

    Unfortunately we dont have the benefit that European football allows in terms of rotation every season, but we did that year.

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  • Graeme

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Could this be our new shirt sponsor to replace the crap we have now??

    http://www.winnersports.co.uk/newcastle-united-to-get-a-fruity-new-shirt-sponsor-74795

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    geordie@bergen_norway

    The average player is a lot smarted over there though.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    lilo – the last paragraph of your novel probably sums up the Percy v Benny debate for me ;-
    “Another manager would probably get more out of HBA, but never more than the players attitude allows.”

    If this talk of Isla is correct I would also agree it suggests someone is going to be sold. The saleable players to me would be Santon/Mr T/ Sissoko. The first two declare they are happy here- so might be Sissoko

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  • Blofal

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #39

    If he is coming in then is Raylor going out?

    I am really confused by this. We wouldn’t spend that much on a bench player and I can’t see him fitting into the first team.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jul 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #40

    pawl250
    15 starts from 38 is nearly 1/4??? In fact its more than 1/3 close to 1/2…he scored some crucial goals and played really good that season…but after that his attitude brought him down…but to celebrate players like Simpson,Obertan…they are championship quality players…

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