There’s a report in the Mail today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign 27-year-old central midfielder Papa Babou Ndiaye from Galatasaray.
The 8 times capped Senegal International is said to have a buy-out clause in his contract of £18M, but we assume that’s too much for Newcastle to pay – at least this month.
The best deal would be to get the player on loan and then have an option to buy in the summer at which time we can give Galatasaray £18M for his permanent transfer.
There’s news today From PA Sport that Mike Ashley has sanctioned three new players to come in this month, but no word on how much that is in funds.
If it was Manchester United or Manchester City three players would be funded for around £200M – for Ashley, it could mean £20M at most.
Papa Ndiaye – 27-year-old Galatasaray central midfielder
But at some point Newcastle must pay the going rates to get better players than we already have in the team – that’s the purpose of transfers after all.
That may only happen if Ms. Amanda Staveley buys the club, but that’s still an “if” at this point.
However, the Mail are reporting that Watford, Crystal Palace, and Stoke City also have an interest in the player, and if they can pay£18M for him this month the deal would be done assuming they could agree on terms for the player.
We seem to be like the paupers of the Premier League this season.
Hopefully, all that will change in the summer, but only if we have new owners in by then.
Papa Ndiaye only moved to Galatasaray last August from Osmanlispor for around £7.5M which is around £6.6M – so that’s a massive profit for the Turkish club in a short six months.
What do you think?
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