We know Newcastle haven’t spent much money in the eight summers that Mike Ashley has owned the club, and as we all wait for Aleksandar Mitrovic to be unveiled as our second summer signing, this could turn out to be Newcastle’s biggest spending transfer window ever.
Aleksandar Mitrovic at Partizan Belgrade
Soon to be in black and white stripes with blue trim – yet again
If we do sign Aleksandar that will make it £27M Newcastle have spent on Wijnaldum and Mitrovic – with the Belgium press reporting we have already agreed a €10M (£7M) deal for Alexander’s team-mate at Anderlecht, center-back Chancel Mbemba – which we reported on yesterday.
If we do sign Mbemba that will be about £34M on three players signed so far this summer.
And Newcastle are supposed to be on the trail of £15M QPR striker Charlie Austin, and at least one additional center-back, and one of those is Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, who would cost around £15M.
Transfer fees are much bigger than they’ve ever been of course, and if we do bring in another two players after Mbemba gets signed (two assumptions) – this could turn out to be the biggest transfer window ever for Newcastle in terms of the money spent.
And if players are sold later this summer – maybe Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini and others to recuperate some money, it could still be the biggest transfer window as far as net outlay of transfer funds is concerned.
As an example of net spending it was about £22M last summer – as one example.
Incoming Transfers and Loans – 2014 – £35M
|Siem de Jong||£6M||Ajax|
|Facundo Ferreyra||£1.6M - Season Loan||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Jamaal Lascelles||£4M||Nottingham Forest|
|Karl Darlow||£3M||Nottingham Forest|
Outgoing Transfers and Loans- 2014 – £13M
|Sylvain Marveaux||Season Loan||Guingamp (France)|
|Shola Ameobi||Free||Gaziantep (Turkey)|
|Adam Campbell||One Month Loan||Fleetwood Town|
|Jamaal Lascelles||Season Loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Karl Darlow||Season Loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa||Season Loan £600K||Roma|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||Season Loan||Hull City|
If we consider incoming and outgoing transfers for all of last year – 2014 – it was only £2M, assuming we got £20M for Yohan Cabaye from PSG.
Newcastle officials said it was going to be a big summer for the club, following the complete debacle since Christmas, and that’s looking like it may even turn out to be true.