We were hoping it was only paper talk that Arsenal want Cheick Tiote at the Emirates Stadium this summer, but there are continual reports that Arsene Wenger wants the Ivorian to strengthen his central midfield, and add a bit of bite and power in defensive midfield.
Cheick Tiote – could be leaving Newcastle
But the Mirror is reporting today that Arsenal are preparing an £8M bid for the Newcastle midfielder, and it will probably be a take it or leave it offer, since Wenger doesn’t mess around with his transfers, and Arsenal often refuse to go higher than their own valuation of a player.
That’s what happened with Yohan Cabaye a year ago at this time.
Wenger had wanted to bring in either Real Madrid’s Semi Khedira or Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho to the Emirates, but he has now switched to Cheick Tiote as his number one target, and it’s a much cheaper option too.
The Mirror is reporting that Arsenal have lodged several bids for the central midfielder already this summer, but each time Newcastle have turned them down – and this looks like a final bid by the top north London club.
When we say this is a cheaper option we mean it – because Arsenal would have had to pay out around £30M for Khedira or Carvalho, and that could be one reason why Newcastle will want more than £8M for Cheick.
Since Cheick arrived from FC Twente in the summer of 2010 for £3.5M, he has been a good player for the Magpies.
The 47 times capped Ivory Coast International has played 119 times for Newcastle with one sensational goal against – you guessed it – Arsenal – when he equalized to make it 4-4 after Newcastle had been 4-0 down after 26 minutes in that famous home game in February of 2011.
If the news is to be believed Tiote’s agents have been itching for a move away frOm Newcastle this summer, and that could be coming frOm Cheick himself, and Pardew will need to see how much Cheick wants to leave the Tyneside club, because it’s hardly worth hanging onto players who don’t want to be at Newcastle.
But we hope Cheick stays – and we should only sell him for a (much) bigger fee than £8M – and that would not be to Arsenal.
But if we do sell him, Newcastle must bring in a replacement before September 2nd rolls around.
What do you think?
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