Newcastle tried to get striker target Nicolai Jorgensen in last month, but Mike Ashley would only go up to £15M, which was reported to be £1M more than the first offer, and both proposals were rejected.
Feyenoord wanted £20M for their 27-year-old Danish striker, and Rafa thought that was the going rate for a player as accomplished as the Danish striker.
The news of Newcastle’s interest seems to have gone to Jorgensen’s head just a little bit, and the striker now says he is ready to take the next step in his career.
Nicolai Jorgensen – Rafa likely to want him in this summer
But he also wisely adds that he is at Feyenoord and will continue to do his best for the Dutch club.
Jorgensen had this to say to Dutch broadcaster NOS:
“It was more of a matter for my agent and the club, you hear a lot, try to focus, but you’re also a bit confused.”
“As long as I am here, I give everything, I am happy here and I am proud to play for Feyenoord, and when the day comes, it is apparently the right time.”
“It’s a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League, if I keep working hard, there will be a club.”
“I can also compete in another league, I think I’m ready for a next step, but now I’m at Feyenoord.”
Coded message – Newcastle – please come back for me in the summer.
The news was that Newcastle would double his wages, so as well as a step up in class in the Premier League, it would be a step up in wages too – so it’s hard to criticize the 27-year-old because he’s still interested in Newcastle.
If we are still a Premier League club this summer, Rafa is still the manager, and we have new owners then it’s almost certain that Rafa will go after Jorgensen again this summer.
Jorgensen was Rafa’s number one target last month, and that is likely to remain unaltered over the next four months.
It’s also likely Rafa will want the deal done quickly and not wait until August to get players through the door.
An even if Mike Ashley is still the owner Rafa wants the way transfers are handled at the club changed, following the last three very poor transfer windows.
Maybe even Mike Ashley would pay £20M for Jorgensen this summer, but no, I’m getting carried away again – but he could bid £16M.