Chelsea

£15M? Newcastle Would Be Mad To Even Think About It

Chelsea are stepping up their pursuit of Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul reports The Mirror.  The Dutchman is being lined up to replace Petr Cech in the summer and will cost the Blues in the region of £15m.

This story seems to have been doing the circuit for weeks now and yet the mainstream media seems to keep unearthing it with an added extra morcel of information.  The new information this time is that Krul would definitely take over as No.1 keeper at Stamford Bridge on £90,000 a week.

Now if half the reports in connection with Chelsea have even the slightest amount of truth to them, then it seems obvious that there will be a comprehensive overhaul of the ageing squad in the summer.  Players such as Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are thought to be being sold or playing more bit-part roles next season.

However would Petr Cech be among those thought to be too old and replacable?   The Czech international was signed by Claudio Ranieri in February 2004 for £7m from Rennes. Since then he has been the cornerstone of the clubs success.  He holds the record of 24 clean sheets in one season, so it would seem he has more than returned the fee invested in him.

It is true that his form did become a  little more erratic since his sickening collision with Stephen Hunt, then of Reading, in October 2006 which left Cech requiring the headguard he has worn since.  It speaks volumes about the mans spirit and determination that he can overcome this and got back to his best.

Most importantly Cech is only 29 years old.  In goalkeeping terms he is still in his prime and replacing Cech seems to be throwing out the baby with the bath water.

The other determining factor on this transfer is the likelyhood of Krul wanting to leave Newcastle for Chelsea.  Tim recently signed a new five year contract and said at the time:

“We are definitely heading the right way and I am really happy to commit my future for five years.”

“Times are graet at the moment. I owe the club and I owe the manager a lot because he gave me the chance to play in the Premier League.”

Despite his sentiments being far from conclusive with regard a transfer, he certainly appears happy at St. James’.  But with success brings inevitable interest in players from ‘bigger’ clubs.  It is thought Newcastle would not stand in Krul’s way if they receive a competitive fee.   But is £15m a competive fee?

There is a conspiracy theory doing the rounds that outlines all the interest in Newcastle players and all the talk of transfers is a ploy to unsettle the Tynside clubs push for a Champions League spot.  After all the two clubs most frequently linked with plundering Alan Pardew’s men are the very clubs competeing for Champions League football next season- Chelsea and Tottenham.

Tottenham are definitely looking for a goalkeeper. After conceding five yesterday at Wembley Stadium, Spurs’ Carlo Cudicini’s stock will have taken a sever turn for the worse.

Brad Friedel has without doubt provided Spurs with an increased sense of stability and old goal keepers can be among the very best but a goalkeeper in his forties is no plan for the future.

Whatever the truth we will all have to wait until the summer to see what transpires.  No matter how much we theorise whether a move will happen or not, we tend to rely on assumption and logic.

But it seems to me that logic is a resource not valued at Stamford Bridge, not as much as impatience and impulsivness.

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