Newcastle were given some good news today as star striker Papiss Cisse reaffirmed his intention to stay at St James’ Park. The Sun have reported that despite growing interest from Europe’s elite, the Senegalese striker wants to stay in the North-East for ‘many years’ after coming so close to Champions League qualification last year.
It is no wonder teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to bring the 27-year-old to their respective clubs. After signing for £10-million in January, Cisse went on to score 13 goals in 14 games including a wonder volley at Stamford Bridge in May. The same hope cannot be kept for strike partner Demba Ba as a £7 million release clause attracts interest from around Europe.
According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.
Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.
Manchester City are lining up a shock move for Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini. According to reports in the Metro and Daily Star, Roberto Mancini is looking at the 30-year-old to provide back-up to his current first team defenders, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott. However it is extremely unlikely that Alan Pardew would be wiling to let the Argentine leave as is he a crucial part of the first eleven that helped Newcastle to their best league position in 8 years.
Coloccini had his strongest season in English football in the last campaign, playing 31 league games and earning himself a spot in the PFA team of the year. The Newcastle captain only signed a four-year deal recently so a move to the champions could be an expensive one.