Here’s Some Potential Good News For Newcastle On The Transfer Front

There’s news in the London Evening Standard that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is interested in signing Brazilian left-back Emerson Palmieri, who Newcastle have been closely linked with over the last month or two.

However, Newcastle cannot afford the fee of £25M (what else is new?), but it looks like Chelsea are closing in on a move for the Brazilian who now has Italian citizenship.

Palmieri was a regular in the first team last season but is playing second fiddle to Aleksandar Kolarov this season.

Kolarov moved to Roma from Manchester City last summer on a three year deal for €5M – it’s a pity we didn’t go after the experienced Premier League left-back.

Emerson Palmieri – 23-year-old Brazilian left-back

Palmieri has returned from a severe knee ligament injury, but he wants first team football and would move to Chelsea.

The 23-year-old has made only three appearances this season, and if owner Mike Ashley would allow Rafa to spend some of the club’s money, we could have possibly have had the player at Newcastle.

But Newcastle play second fiddle financially to almost every other Premier League club these days.

Or so it seems.

The good news for Newcastle is that if Conte is successful in bringing in Palmieri, he will allow Kenedy to move to Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season.

It will be interesting to see whether Rafa will still try to sign Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare on loan this month if he is successful in bringing in Kenedy.

If Rafa is planning to use Kenedy in an attacking position (we need more goals) he could also bring in Souare – but we shall see.

Potentially some good news – for a change – after yesterday’s sad events.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1


  • twotonearmy

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Thank goodness we will finally get that LB we have all been calling for *rolls eyes*

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Very reassuring that if Stavely doesn’t happen to blink first as they have a maximum valuation on the club as the Mansours did then the fat man is in fact stuck with us.

  • c-dog

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Kenedy signing would be rubbing salt into the wounds. We were after rejects like him because we couldn’t sign for decent money anyone because the the takeover was on the table.

    Now the takeover is gone, we shouldn’t be going for rejects. We’ve barely spent a penny in 2017 & in 2018 up to now.

    Why anything less than 50 million can’t be released is purely down to greed. The money is there. That much is not debated.

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    A hypothetical question but I wonder whether Ashley’d offer £350m fort the club?

  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Stick yer left backs were the sun don’t shine! Give us a bloody striker!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Very balanced article by Luke edwards. At first I thought one of Ashley’s people had got to him but reading through it was a very fair analysis.

    Apart from man city staveley has kind of failed with Liverpool allegedly twice and now apparently with us.
    This can’t reflect well to whoever she’s fronting for.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8


    we should be doing a lot of things but this is ash’s gambling again that we finish 17th.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Ruddy…Talk football on here? It’s an idea I suppose.

    Fingers crossed (cos that’ll help) that things improve soon. I was excited at the idea of someone else giving it a go, but if the sale isn’t to complete now, let’s hope this news of some signings is true and that they’re able to get in a bit more quality than we currently have to work with. Someone who can score more than 4 goals in half a season would be fabulous.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10


    In reality we only need a striker to be safe. We’ve been sound defensively for the most part, we need someone who can grab us 10 goals between now and the end of the season as that would 100% keep us up.

    Sturridge, Batshuayi et al would be good shouts but then again anyone would represent an upgrade on what we have presently

  • sparky55

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11


    Interesting take on my words. They did their research, they chose to make an approach to newcastle because it met their criteria.

    On the basis you choose to believe the deal is off…where do you think they would go now in their pursuit of a premier league club

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12


    The Fenway Sports lot don’t want to sell Liverpool and reportedly put a price of a billion quid on it to deter PCP.

    There’ll be faults on both sides of the table so be careful not to fall for Ashley’s spin.

  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Think any of those two would do Ruddy.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Not to be a negger (do we still use that phrase?) but I can’t see any signings coming through before the end of the window – bar 1 or maybe even 2 underwhelming loan signings.

    Whilst our first XI is worryingly devoid of quality, I am actually more concerned about our lack of depth.

    We seen what happened whenever Lascelles was injured for any period of time. We cannot afford injuries, and if we suffer any I fear the worst.

    MA is playing the highest risk strategy in his entire time of being here – and that’s saying something.

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda heights @7
    unless its the client thats setting the budget limits in these negotiations, we have no idea what her brief is/was from the client

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Either would be quality IMO but somehow I think we’ll be fishing in a pool of considerably less quality than those two

  • Markaccus

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #17

    So, dust having settled….

    “Sources close to” is still all we have had. Nothing official either way. So really, it isn’t any more reliable than any other info leaks that we have read on here. Some may be inclined to believe one thing over the other. I just hope people stop shooting the messengers and getting all bitter towards each other over things that may or may not have happened!


  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Ruddy…You’ll get a time out with language like that! Straight out of the dark ages 🙂

    I think negger was replaced with realist some time back, things haven’t been the same since. Still, maybe this time Ash’ll get it right.

  • Black'n'White'n'BroonAllOver

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda, not to be contrary but I don’t think the alleged failure of previous takeover bids reflects badly on her at all. In fact it probably enhances her reputation amongst those she works with.

    The super rich usually don’t like to pay a penny over their valuation. There’s always plenty of money to spend on some other venture so it’s no skin off their nose if a deal collapses.
    Better than overpaying for something, especially when the seller is as obnoxious as Ashley. Makes you look weak.

    Only time they tend to overpay is in order to make a ‘statement’ of their wealth and power.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree with Ruddy, CF is the most important upgrade required, and i’d ad a decent scoring no.10. we are probably solid enough at the back if we can add goals

  • Markaccus

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #21


  • magscar

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    You have to laugh at the amateur accountants on here who can value a club at a distance and even liken it to house or car sales and doing them up.

    It is of course an inexact science in the present ridiculous world of Sky, Amazon, Google etc. and quite simply is “worth” what Ashley is finally prepared to settle for and what PCP are willing to agree to pay. The perceived worth is totally fluid and as most can see could be affected by future events such as relegation and new TV/streaming deals. Just look at player valuations in last 12 months to see the increasing lack of real world bargaining in the obscene trading that goes on.

    Still think a deal will happen but when is not clear – like most very disappointed at how things have deteriorated at such a crucial stage but clinging to hope as is my usual way

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 17, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #23


    In the mid-long term we do need to upgrade at GK, LB, CAM as well as depth in all of our key positions but ultimately when it comes to staving off relegation we need goals.

    We should be concerned that Palace, West Ham, Bournemouth are all picking up points and I am sure Lambert will instill a resilience in Stoke that they have not had all season.

    Can we rely on the likes of Huddersfield, Brighton, Swansea and West Brom to simply be worse than us over 38 games?

    My stark assessment is that I cannot see where the goals are coming from and I cannot see where the next win is coming from. Bleak I know but that’s how I see it


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