There’s a report in the Mirror today that Newcastle may try to move Matt Richie out this summer with just two years left on his contract,.
It’s interesting that the same news was being touted last year before the summer transfer window that Matt may be leaving Newcastle.
In that case, recently relegated Stoke City had made a £15M bid for Ritchie and offered him good wages in an attempt to get him to drop down one division to the Championship.
That’s something he did in the summer of 2016 when he agreed to join Newcastle from Bournemouth.
Matt Ritchie – for sale this summer?
Rafa wanted Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace if Ritchie left the club, but he was priced out of a deal with the London club wanting £30M for the former Newcastle winger.
This summer it seems that Newcastle want to sell him to get something for him before his contract runs out in two years – with Matt turning 30 in September.
Mo Diame may also be on his way this summer with Mo wanting a two-year deal and Newcastle likely to offer him just a one year deal at the end of his current contract.
Mo will turn 32 in June.
And it’s possible Mike Ashley will not bother to bring back Salomon Rondon permanently in the summer with the Venezuelan turning 30 in September and the Baggies wanting £16M for him.
But Newcastle (Mike Ashley) can overdo it too, and all three players still have something to offer Newcastle for at least the next two or three years.
More so with Matt Ritchie and Salomon Rondon.
We don’t want players to be cast aside when they get older just becasue of their age – when they are still playing at the top of their game.
What do you think?