Juventus were keen to bring in Newcastle’s Tim Krul as back-up to 38-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a couple of years ago when a massive £20M transfer fee was mentioned.
It seems the Italian giants are still interested in Tim as the eventual replacement, but Tim will probably not play until October and he will have to prove his fitness before any club will sign him from Newcastle.
Tim Krul – Newcastle goalkeeper
So it looks doubtful a club would come in for him this summer, so maybe the best Newcastle can do is to sell him in January, when he will only have six months left on his contract at Newcastle.
The news in the Northern Echo today is that Newcastle would be willing to accept £4M for him in the January transfer window.
The alternative is to have Tim sign a new deal at Newcastle, and then we could ask a lot more for him, but it seems that Rafa may have already decided that Tim is the goalkeeper to leave Newcastle this season.
At the end of this year Benitez will have four senior goalkeepers all fit and vying for the number one goalkeeper jersey – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and new arrival Matz Sels, as well as top young 19 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
While there’s still an opportunity for Tim to prove to Benitez he is the best of the four senior goalkeepers, it’s looking like Tim could be the one to leave – and the earliest he can do that is in January.
But we wonder if Tim wants to sit on the bench at Juventus?
Buffon has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world since he was transferred from Parma to Juventus in the summer of 2001 for a massive €53M, which is £45M using today’s exchange rate.
Buffon has said he wants to stay playing until the next World Cup in Russia in 2018, although we suppose that’s only 18 months for Tim to wait.
But in two years time he may want to keep playing until the next European Championships in 2020 when he will only be 42.
Tim joined Newcastle back in 2005 and maybe by putting a low £4M price on his head in January means he can get a good deal at some club as repayment for his loyal service to Newcastle.
Yes, that kind of classy thing is still done in football we’re pleased to say, when it often looks like the only thing that matters is money, money, money.
Tim has been an excellent player for Newcastle over the years and extremely loyal.
Krul has made 185 first team appearances for Newcastle.