There is real optimism this morning that this will be the week that the Amanda Staveley consortium’s bid to buy Newcastle will be approved by the Premier League.
We reported earlier today on The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards saying there’s optimism by the owner, but that the good thing is there have been no rumors of it being tuned down: that has to be positive.
Newcastle have been linked with several world-class stars this summer already, and there’s a report in Marca today that we may be after former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale who is still at Real Madrid.
Bale turns 31 in July, so he’s no spring chicken anymore, but the Welshman has real class and tremendous experience.
But Bale and his family are happy in Madrid, and Marca report that he is willing to see out his contract at Madrid even though he has not been a regular starter for three years now.
His contract has two years to run this June.
If Newcastle do sign Mauricio Pochettino as the new manager, the Argentine would be in favor of signing the Welshman, who is shown above in Real’s colors.
This is what Pochettino said two years go about signing Bale, while still at Tottenham:
“If we have the first say on his future, why not?”
“He’s a great player – a player that would improve our squad and the profile that we’re looking for.”
There are a few barriers to a possible move to Newcastle.
Moving from Madrid to Newcastle may be a bridge too far for his family.
And he’s turned down moves before, including a lucrative one to China last summer, when Real stopped the deal because they would not get a fee for the 30-year-old.
Gareth received an offer of €25M/year from a Chinese Super League club last summer.
And it’s those kinds of wages that would be too much for a lot of clubs.
He currently makes (only?) €17M/year at Real, so that would not be a massive problem for the new regime.
And the transfer fee may be as low as €20M since Real would save a lot of money on his wages if he left.
That’s especially true in these financially strapped times for football because of the coronavirus pandemic.
So we think the new Newcastle could afford the Welshman, but the challenge would be to get him to move to the northeast of England.
What do you think?