A couple of day ago the fee for Everton winger Yannick Bolasie was said to be £7M, but now according to a report in the Liverpool Echo, Yannick Bolasie can leave Everton for £10M this summer.
Bolasie is a good player but will turn 30 this coming Thursday so he may be too old for Newcastle owner Ashley.
The latest news in the Chronicle yesterday was that Ashley wants only players under 24 signed by Rafa Benitez; that’s if Rafa agrees to stay at Newcastle – which could be getting dubious unless Mike Ashley wakes up soon.
There is presumably a clause Bolasie’s contract at Everton that he can leave for £10M with the Saints also interested.
Crystal Palace are said to be interested in a loan deal and so could Newcastle if Rafa deems that appropriate: it will be less expensive.
Yannick Bolasie – could be too expensive for Mike Ashley at £10M
Certainly, Rafa will try to use the loan market next season, and he can only have one player from each of two Premier League clubs.
There was news a few days ago on Newcastle’s interest in the 29-year-old DR Congo winger, but Ashley is balking at signing Salomon Rondon for £16.5M, and he turns 30 in September.
It could be that if Ashley maintains his stubborn (and stupid) stance on what age of players Rafa can sign – it will be too much for the world-class manager.
Working for Mike Ashley may take too much of Rafa’s energies which he wants to devote entirely to managing a football team.
We are not pleased about the reports about the negotiations with Ashley seemingly not having altered his stance of the last year or two on transfers.
In particular on how much Rafa will get in each transfer window (not enough) – and which players the manager can sign.
Mike Ashley has to realize quickly that Rafa is an experienced football man who has been in the game for decades and understands what it takes to build a top team and to run a club.
As we know from experience, Mike Ashley simply hasn’t got a clue on either – and unfortunately for Newcastle fans – he keeps proving it.
What is he doing running a football club in the first place?