Tottenham made an attempt late in last summer´s transfer window to sign the impressive Ayoze Perez, but Newcastle turned down the substantial offer.
And over the last few days there has been news that Manchester United are interested in the Spanish U20 International striker and want to sign him in January
Ayoze Perez – going nowhere
The Tottenham bid was supposed to be for £15M and most of us held our breath because we know that owner Mike Ashley likes to cash in on the players.
That was a decent offer for Perez who we paid €2M (£1.4M) for just over a year ago when we signed him from Tenerife.
So that was a massive £13.6M profit on the player in just one year – over £1M a month – good financial figures – but Ashley refused to sell.
Ayoze had offers from both Real Madrid and Barcelona before he signed on at Newcastle, so it´s probably not surprising that another top European club have become interested in the player.
The 22 year-old has scored 8 goals in 44 appearances for the team and he is first choice and his partnership with new arrival Aleksandar Mitrovic looks very promising.
Ayoze has come on in leaps and bounds at Newcastle.
If Manchester United do come in for him in January we have to resist their offer – and Ashley only has to look at the bigger picture and the money we lose if we are relegated this season.
This season Newcastle will probably get around £80M from the Premier League next May, but next season is the first year of the massive £5.1B three year TV deal – and that figure goes up 70% to around £135M.
So transfer fees we receive from players have to be put into that overall context – and we must stay in the Premier League.
Ayoze Perez can help us do that and we cannot afford to let this lad leave in January.
In fact it’s looking like we have to strengthen our squad significantly in January if we are to survive this season – not weaken it as we managed to do last January and almost paid for that with relegation last May.
What do you think?