Wolfsburg’s Sporting Director has talked disparagingly of Newcastle United’s valuation of Bas Dost, especially compared to the price Liverpool have paid for Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool paid 41m euros (approx £29m) for the Brazilian from Hoffenheim and Klaus Allofs has said that Newcastle United, or indeed any other club, will have to come up with a lot more than the 10m-12m euros (approx £7m-£8.5m) that has been widely reported as what Newcastle want/wanted to pay for Bas Dost.
Whilst according to Sporting Director Klaus Allofs, he says that the club have now spoken to Bas Dost’s agent and the striker is said to be happy at Wolfsburg and has no interest in leaving.
Speaking to Wolfsburger Nachrichten, Klaus Allofs:
“I read of lump sum payments of 10 to 12 million euros for Bas (Dost) but then I refer to the example of Roberto Firmino and say they (Newcastle and other clubs) will have to get used to other amounts if they really want to buy Dost.”
“We have spoken with his (Bas Dost’s) agent and it has turned out that Bas does not want to leave, quite the contrary. He feels very good in Wolfsburg.”
Allofs’ comments follow previous ones from Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking only last week, Hecking laughing off the idea of Bas Dost having any interest in Newcastle who were almost relegated last season, compared to the Bundesliga runners-up who will be playing Champions League this coming season.
“Why should he go to Newcastle? He can play Champions League with us and he won’t be able to do that at Newcastle in the upcoming years.”
“We do not want to sell anybody.”
I get the impression that Wolfsburg might be the latest club to tick Newcastle United off their Christmas card list.
The fact that Klaus Allofs went to Bas Dost’s agent to clarify the forward’s situation suggests that the transfer speculation had unsettled the German club.
Whilst the tone of Dieter Hecking’s comments backs up the idea that they were blaming Newcastle for initiating the speculation.