Newcastle In Shock Move for Top Class Argentine Center-Back


Newcastle United are reported to be after Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, the Argentine International center-back who has 25 caps for his country and who some very big clubs are after.

Nicholas is a very good player who joined Valencia last summer after spending four years at Porto and he’s a highly regarded defender on the continent.

epa04753996 Valencia CF's Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Otamendi celebrates after scoring against Celta during the Spanish Liga Primera Division soccer match played at Mestalla stadium, in Valencia, eastern Spain, 17 May 2015.  EPA/Kai Foersterling

Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia’s Argentine center-back

He joined the Spanish side sixteen months ago for €12M (£8.5M) from Porto, but his transfer fee will be higher than that now because he had a very good first season for Valencia.

The rumors started with Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli tweeting this yesterday:

But some other top clubs are after him and they can offer him Champions League football – and they include the top two clubs in the world – Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Manchester United want him if they cannot get Sergio Ramos from Madrid, and that deal now seems like it’s doomed to failure, so they could make a move for the Argentine.

However, the Mail is reporting in an article the Red Devils will not target the 27 year-old.

Real Madrid were said to be interested if Ramos left them this summer for Manchester.

But it seems we would have no chance of getting this player if the price of £35M being banded around is accurate.

That’s far too high for Otamendi and Newcastle wouldn’t pay that.

If we did and we brought in Charlie Austin that would be around £85M Newcastle would have spent this summer.

One thing in Newcastle favor is we now have Ian Cathro at the club, and he will know all about this player after being the assistant manager there last season, and if he is a good salesman then it may be possible to attract the lad to Newcastle.

But for a player who cost £8.5M eighteen months ago £35M is over four times that previous transfer fee, and far too high for the 27 year-old 6 ft tall defender.

It’s a deal Mike Ashley would be proud of – but only if he was the seller and not the buyer.

If the fee was half that – it could be a decent deal for Newcastle.

Otamendi started his career at his home town Buenos Aries club Velez Sarsfield before joining Porto in 2010.

He played 122 times with 10 goals for Porto, and since he’s been at Valencia he’s played 38 times with 6 goals.

He made his Argentina debut back in April, 2009 for coach Diego Maradona when he started in a friendly with Panama, after playing only 11 games for the Velez Sarsfield first team.

We would be shocked if there’s any chance of Newcastle getting this player over the line.

But we are (very) willing to be wrong about that.

🙂

Joel Matip of Schalke and Aymen Abdennour of Marseilles are two very good center-backs we have been linked with, and would seem to provide better value for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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148 comments so far

  • Moe

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Shocked would be an understatement ..

    We make our own luck he said ..

    oh btw Ashley OUT!!

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  • Tinman

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    This must be a joke

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  • Big Steve

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    No chance. Move on.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    we were linked a few years back, I wonder is that were this came from. barring a miracle this won’t happen.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, what none-since, I seriously believe we will not sign another player this summer, not one who will improve the 1st team anyway.

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  • bob

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Valencia, are just trying to start a bidding war, Matip, is more realistic target.

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed has got himself a bit confused here
    If Sergio Ramos had gone to Manure then Real would have looked at Otamendi.
    Ramos has kissed and made up with Rafa Benitez.
    However van Gaal doesn’t rate Otamendi so the stories begin.
    True Cathro trained him , but he is very good pals with Jonas Guttierrez who may not give NUFC a good report.

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  • Bambams

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Still think the Celtic lad will be the one we get. Been linked with him so many times and he is Dutch…
    Just like QPR. ..Celtic holding out for over inflated price when he is in last year of contract
    Could even see both Van Dijk and Austin signed in the last days of window.
    Trick is you need them to want to sign for YOU and not another club. Get that and they hold all the aces, clubs have to agree with the club or watch them walk at the end of contract
    In my humble opinion

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I mean really is this worth the time it took Ed to write?

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  • Wijnotthen

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    AHAHAHA, ed can we please not just pluck things when news is short, report ones we can take from serious sources, gets this fanbase, which is amazing but fickle, excited over kindling

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib, sorry to push it mate, but I’m still none the wiser 🙂 I suppose the simple question is are you several personalities at once? Where you ever posting as jeff and jane? And why are people insisting you are? It just all seems a bit bizarre and seriously confusing and appears to take up a lot of blog time, of which I feel completely confused by. It keeps appearing and I just can’t help but wonder wtf is all that about!

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Bambams
    Van Dijk would crawl on his hands and knees on broken glass from Glasgow to play for the toon.
    Do you realise how much coverage we are going to get in Holland this coming season and the Euro Nations just 12 months away.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib, I’ll sweep up that broken glass for him, don’t worry. The last thing we need is another injury problem cause by serious lacerations! 😉

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Bam & Jib,

    I dont watch a lot of Scottish football since the Gers went down.

    Is this Celtic lad really that good? I remind you Scottish prem is extremely poor.

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  • martoon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Bobbybee – There used to be a poster called Jeff In Benwell who could be quite abusive to certain posters. I think he was blocked by Ed (although I may be wrong). Soon after that Jib appeared with the same style as Jeff but a little more rational who many believe is a re-incarnated Jeff (the initials fit). Other posters also believe that Jane is an alter ego of Jib/Jeff as she has a similar style!
    I have to say while Jib/Jeff/Jane has always defended their corner robustly I have always found you can have a decent debate with him/her!

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m jib and only jib
    Never been called Jeff
    A lot of the chidish behaviour that goes on here I gave up in Miss Wilkinson’s class at King Edwards school North Shields more years ago than I care to remember.
    One point to note
    Ian toon once e-mailed Ed about multiple posters.Ed wouldn’t give any names but he did say the ones who do the most accusing were the most guilty of transgressing.
    I do know as well that some of the regulars on here know each other off blog and , if you can believe it , text each other.That lot I think are all NUST members.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Jib,

    Last I heard the Dutch were struggling to qualify for the Euros.

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  • overtheline

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 9:05 AM
    Never underestimate the power of Blackie – he turned a very average Welsh National Rugby side into World Cup contenders.
    What a joke !
    You clearly have no knowledge at all about Rugby Jeff.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Let’s not be too hasty here. Is it really that far fetched that Ashley might sanction a £35m transfer for a CB?

    I’m not sure what’s more unbelievable, the £35m or that we might actually get a CB in…

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  • firebug666

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    £35 million?

    Is that value pound for pound?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Bobbybee
    All depends on which side of the wall u fall on as to who u believe
    I could give u my opinion but it means just as much as the next

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  • firebug666

    Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m jib and only jib
    Never been called Jeff

    How can you lie to people like that, you know that we know you are Jeff from Benwell, you even answered post left for Jeff, forgetting that you were now Jib.

    Let the gullible hang on your every word, Jeff, but some of us know how vile you can really be.

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  • doofa the loofa

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Wouldnt be too surprised if he turns up..
    go on Mikey.. bolt that horse on.. happy days..
    Mike (make your own luck) Ashley deffo IN!!

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Smoke and mirrors.
    The more we are linked with players of this price and calibre the more out stock as a club rises. Perception is a large part of this transfer game and if players, press and agents see Newcastle pitching in alongside the likes of City then that makes them think that we are a serious top 4 thinking club.
    Meanwhile that keeps prying eyes away from our other intended and perhaps more realistic targets who we can then sign because they see that we are indeed a top club and before any other club such as Spuds, Villa etc can react.
    When you’re on the up , you’re on the up.
    The future is at least brighter and part of it may well be Orange in the Dutch sense.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib and martoon. Thanks for clearing that up for me! So, jib is jib, jeff is another jeff who wasn’t the one who got blocked and jane is just jane. And the only real conection is the initial J. As they might say on Little Britain – what a kerfuffle! 🙂

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #27

    firebug666 – we know you are Jeff from Benwell

    Thats right J.I.B. are the initials of Jeff f….
    oops just a minute

    Ha ha ha

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #28

    Jeff…why the Ian Toon charades?

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #29

    Ibizatoon- Are you the same individual who previously posted as Ibizatoon- Back by popular demand ? Or was that another more popular Ibizatoon?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Jeff #27…don’t laugh at firebug it’s you who cannot spell!

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #31

    Jamseyd24

    Someone on here said that van Dijk pledged his loyalty to Celtic as long as they are in the CL , once they are eliminated he’s offmans.
    To be fair he is a stand out in their side (and I’m not referring to his 6’4″ frame)

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  • firebug666

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Jeff

    Wow you must have worked really hard on that, Jeff from or Jeff in, makes no difference they are the same person..YOU!

    The thing is Jeff I don’t really care what you call yourself now, I know who you are as do many others. Those who do not will find out in time as you always revert to type.

    I just don’t think you should lie to people to try and make your self out to be someone else.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    Spending £8M on a defender from the SPL I think we have went the sorry path before…thank you, but no thank you!

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  • WLtoon

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #34

    This is gargage.
    Its not worth saying any more than that

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #35

    Apparently they have said 35 million

    OR

    Williamson and 5 million…

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  • banjax

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #36

    Nothing wrong with the club’s ambition to sign the best players within our means. Great to see. But Otemendi is a rumour, but it makes far a half decent Blog subject on a quiet news day !

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #37

    A few injuries and all u season ticket wallies could end up watching the same team we had out last season with a strike force off cisse the offside king riviere i could,hit a barn door a midfield of i want to play for arsenal mr sissoko a defence of colo willo and saylor which says fill your boots opposition strikers
    think about this as it is possible
    nufc needed to sign at least six top class players even to compete for a top eight place
    three what u would expect any team to do take liverpool there squad was much better and they have bought seven
    we have spent the money that has been there for the last two years
    this regime is rotten and soon s mac will come out with there statements he has already said he is happy with the squad ie cisse could play with mit colo is one of the best gouffy is part of his team
    this is a manager who was sacked remember from derby and when we were looking for a new coach loads on here did not want sm
    Yes time will tell but it does not look good if this is our lot
    ASHLEY OUT

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #38

    I still think we’ll get Mr Dunk the giant biscuit from Brighton and Hove Albion

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  • swemag

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #39

    This would be like spending three years transfer budgets on one player. A bit risky if you ask me.

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  • Jib

    Jul 29, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #40

    Bladeuser

    Pause for breath son

    I know you are trying to keep the Nitrous Oxide in , but you are going blue in the face

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