Cheick Tiote wants a good deal to leave Newcastle and his wage demands have ended many a potential move away from Newcastle over the last couple of years.
Last year at this time he almost moved to China’s Super League, but his proposed move to Shanghai Shenhua broke down at the last moment, reportedly based on his wage demands.
Cheick Tiote – in action for Newcastle
And there’s news in the Shields Gazette today that even though Spanish club Sporting Gijon are trying to get a deal done to take Cheick to Spain this week – maybe even on a free transfer – he is still interested in moving to China and the big money on offer there.
It will not have gone unnoticed that Chelsea’s Oscar seems to have given up the standard of football he will be playing for the big money, after his £52M move from Chelsea to China.
It’s reported he will get £400K per week (a cool £20.8M per year) at Shanghai SIPG, which makes him the highest paid footballer in the world and almost £2M a year more than Cristiano Ronaldo gets at Real Madrid.
That deal will only make Tiote even more keen to get a deal in China and maybe he will wait until the summer when he becomes a free agent and be in an even better negotiating position than he is now.
Cheick has tried for more than two years to leave Newcastle and we wouldn’t exactly hold our breath that he will actually leave this month even though Newcastle seem willing to forgo the transfer fee to get his wages off the wage bill.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in this transfer window but since the Chinese transfer window is open until the end of February this saga could drag on … and on.