Yesterday brought news that Newcastle United had already turned down a number of offers for Papiss Cisse this summer.
With the club linked with any number of strikers, most Newcastle fans are anticipating that they have seen the Senegalese striker play for the last time in black and white.
However, this morning it has been revealed by the Chronicle that the club have informed them that Papiss Cisse won’t be allowed to leave for less than £10m.
If that is really the minimum Mike Ashley will take for the striker, then I think there is more chance of Austin, Carroll and Berahino all being signed this summer, than there is of Cisse moving on.
Newcastle United’s transfer policy looks more and more like the people who put their house up for sale at a ridiculous price, the cannot believe why everybody else has the cheek to expect a decent price for theirs.
Cisse has been a decent player for Newcastle, in a very much up and down way, but Ashley is most definitely having a laugh.
Those first three and a bit months of his NUFC career were exhilarating, with 13 Premier League goals from 13 starts plus 1 as a sub, pretty much every goal spectacular.
Since then though Papiss Cisse has scored 21 PL goals in 3 years.
Those 21 goals coming in 82 appearances (21 of them as a sub).
The last year maybe summed up Papiss Cisse’s erratic time on Tyneside.
On the plus side he scored 11 goals but other than that…he only managed to start 11 Premier League matches, is a player who looks ever more injury prone, was banned for 3 matches when he elbowed Everton’s Seamus Coleman, banned for 7 games for spitting at Man Utd’s Jonny Evans, plus has now been dropped by his national team.
The comedy punchline after the season ended, saw him make the tabloid front pages with claims he told various girlfriends on Tyneside and further afield in the UK that he was off to Paris for a holiday, only for wedding photos to emerge on the internet of him marrying a volleyball player from Senegal.
Papiss Cisse is what he is. Not exactly a flawed genius but fair to call him a flawed natural goalscorer. If I had to put a valuation on him, then I would guess that anything over £5m would be a massive bonus and even at £5m I think you would be expecting the buyer to be overlooking his recent shocking disciplinary and injury records.
One silver lining is that at least if Mike Ashley sticks to this £10m+ valuation, at least there is no chance of a quick sale and Newcastle being left with no new strikers AND no Papiss Cisse.