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.
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.