Newcastle Deal Scuppered – But It Could Be Good News

The Sunday People are reporting that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was keen on a swap deal for Gini Wijnaldum that would have included winger Jordan Ibe coming in from Liverpool plus cash of around £10M for the 25 year-old Dutch International midfielder.

But since then Liverpool have accepted a huge offer of £15M from AFC Bournemouth for 20 year-old Ibe, so that proposed Newcastle deal  will not now happen.

Well, at least that’s the assumption, although Bournemouth have not signed Jordan yet.

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Jordan Ibe – Benitez wanted Ibe plus £10M for Wijnaldum

With Jordan Ibe being valued at £15M in the transfer market, surely Gini is worth more than £25M?

And even Moussa Sissoko must be getting to be worth more than £20M too – especially if he has another good game tonight for France against Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

So it seems that if Wijnaldum is to be sold Rafa is reported to want a cool £30M for him – and he’s certainly worth that if Ibe is worth £15M.

The transfer fees willing to be paid out by Premier League clubs this summer is starting to get just a little ridiculous.

That’s because the new Premier League rights deal kicks in this season with PL clubs getting between £100M and £180M next May.

But that could be an advantage to Newcastle if the transfer prices are being so inflated this summer.

Rafa would do well to hold onto both Gini and Moussa this summer and stick to his guns for really big money, when you see players like Paul Pogba valued at a ridiculous £100M.

And we are hoping Moussa has a great game for France tonight and again outshines Paul Pogba, as he did against Germany in the semi-final.

In that game Newcastle fans had the strange and unusual sight of seeing Moussa working his socks off for France and he even looked a very good player.

If Moussa again outshines Pogba tonight and heaven forbid he even scores the winning goal, then how much would our Moussa be worth?

Most Newcastle fans will not be too upset if Moussa (“I want to play for a Champions League club”)  leaves Newcastle this summer.

If we get around £30M for him then Geordie fans could even be ecstatic.


Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a very good player though. It’s just that Liverpool are a f@cken excellent proposition under Klopp. If Aarons had been at Liverpool, he’d have been moved on some time ago, and he’s well worth his place for us.

  • Belfast

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully there’s something in this. There does seem to be a delay with Ibe joining Bournemouth, fingers crossed it’s got something to do with this.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #3

    £15m for Ibe is excessive. Decent player but can’t justify that few.

    Continue from last thread.

    Yes I put Tom Ince out there. The people seem to have written him off based on his 2 starts for hull. But he was only signed in anticipation of Europa league and was deemed excess when they didn’t qualify.

    He’s consistently dominated the championship so that’s why I think he’d be a good signing. Still young too and I would argue he made the step up to the Prem too early.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Whenever I’ve seen Ibe he’s always looked a bit of a run down blind alleys type. Mind you I said that about Townsend and Rafa transformed him, so could do the same with Ibe possibly. I hope Aarons will get a fair chance though and not sure where it leaves Perez either.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Market forces. Bournemouth need to replace Ritchie, and they need to stay up to keep their mits on the riches. We probably aren’t feeling the same squeeze right now, but we will should we go straight back up.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6


    Completely agree.

    No question the lad has insane ball control. But he does tend to run into traps, can try a bit too much. He’s also a poor finisher and crosser.

    I think poor defences make him look great but he can’t repeat against decent defenders.

    I wouldn’t complain if we got him but for £15m or even Ibe plus £10m wouldn’t be a wise deal.

    I’d rather we take a punt on a snodgrass type for cheaper. Nothin special but a solid performer and one that will get us up.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Why don’t try to get Joel Campbell in a swap deal instead? I much orefer Campbell to Ibe and Sissoko can go to his beloved Arsenal.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Benitez is trying to lure Mario Balotelli to Newcastle with an audacious bid

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed – Sissoko outshining Pogba again. Do not think so.
    Pogba is on another level – in my opinion.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Wandering Geordie

    Please god no lol

  • geordie157

    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #11

    I was a fan of Tom Ince, however he was poor for Derby last season, he tries to score all the time and often overlooks the likes of Martin, Bryson and Russell who are in positions.

    Decent player but not what we need.

  • lesh

    Jul 10, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes, Bournemouth’ll pay £15m for Ibe and as they’re a Prem club with loadsamoney to blow, then yes market forces will prevail.

    However, we’re not a Prem club and thus ain’t got the same amount of cash to throw around. So, if we’re in for a player, the selling club and/ or players’ agents will be keen to draw Prem or other cash-rich clubs into the bidding.

    I think we’re seeing this with Hanley but maybe we need to ensure he’s keen to join us and make a realistic bid for him. We’re said to have made a second bid of £4.5m but that seems low in today’s market. Maybe Charnley’s handling the bidding while Rafa’s in Ireland and he’s doing his usual trying to look like a clever boy for Ashley? If we really do want Hanley, we should stop pi$$ing about and make a realistic take it or leave it offer for him. Have we got time to fanny about? No!


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