While Liverpool agreed a £15M fee with Bournemouth for their winger Jordan Ibe lastweek, there was always a question as to whether the promising young player would want to move to a small club like the Cherries, after he had been at mighty Liverpool since 2012.
Newcastle had been trying to do a swap deal with Gini Wijnaldum and cash for the young winger and that was thought to have fallen through.
Jordan Ibe in action at St. James’ Park last season
That’s £50M rated Moussa Sissoko challenging him
But Jordan seems to be balking at the move to the Cherries and maybe waiting for Newcastle United or West Brom – who are also interested in the 20 year-old – to come in with an offer for him.
The news in the Mirror today is that Liverpool agreed a £15M fee, a buy-back price and a sell-on clause with Bournemouth for Ibe – and Jordan is now considering his options.
It could be that Newcastle could go in with a straight £15M cash bid – we certainly have the money – and maybe Ibe would like to join the exciting project at Newcastle under world-class manager Rafa Benitez?
It is in the English second division of course, but Rafa has been a huge attraction to players this summer so far – and Newcastle have already signed five new players including Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden this morning on a five year deal for around £2.5M.
Not sure Rafa will like the idea of a buy-back clause in Ibe’s contract and he will not want to develop Ibe into a great player and then have Liverpool buy him back – that’s not within Newcastle’s best interests.
The Chronicle has reported today Rafa wanted to get a marquee signing in this week – so maybe it’s Jordan Ibe, who has enormous potential and Rafa can certainly make the lad into a better player.
What do you think?