On Monday afternoon the Chronicle have given a big build up to a breaking transfer news story.
When the ‘news’ actually arrived, it instantly provoked derision from Newcastle fans responding.
The Chronicle headline declaring: ‘Newcastle United eyeing DOUBLE deal this week. Kenedy and they’ve made the first move for a striker who would break transfer record.’
The big transfer news proving to fall very flat.
The Kenedy part of the story was that Newcastle had contacted Chelsea again (for the 536th time) to ‘see where they stand’ on the left sided player.
The newspaper claiming that the deal is just waiting on a ‘green light from Antonio Conte’, which is where we were at throughout the summer.
As for breaking any transfer record….
It really couldn’t be more vague.
The Chronicle stating:
‘We understand that negotiations are underway for a new front man and it is believed that the selling club will expect Newcastle to break their current transfer fee of £16million IF the Magpies can pull it off.
If Newcastle were successful it would at least show Rafa Benitez that Mike Ashley had been as good as his word when it comes to January backing.’
There were vague claims elsewhere over the weekend of Newcastle interest in paying £20m+ for Kevin Gameiro from Atletico Madrid.
He is now unwanted at the Spanish club and turns 31 in May but cost Atletico £28m only 18 months ago, so difficult/impossible to see that one even being considered by Ashley…if we go along with the story…
With the Chronicle not even naming the striker who Newcastle allegedly have made contact for, we are no further forward, even when it comes to simply speculating.
If by next Wednesday night both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans have found ‘Mike Ashley had been as good as his word’, then it will be truly astounding, maybe even more astounding than Newcastle actually breaking their 13 year old transfer record.