Call it optimism. Call it wishful thinking. But I truly believe that Newcastle United has a good chance of bringing top target Nicolai Jorgensen to the North this summer. Despite being promised a record breaking signing in January by owner Mike Ashley, Newcastle United not only fell short of the mark, but only managed a couple of loan signings before the window closed. Not to mention attempted to bargain buy Jorgensen below a record breaking mark.
Once again the city was met with disappointment, and resentment towards the owner who has failed to sell the club despite wanting a deal to be done before Christmas of 2017. He did his typical Ashley Cycle of PR and called it a day after he made it seem like he was going to make amends with fans by breaking the club’s transfer record.
But the club hasn’t been taken off the market, and there have been varying reports coming in and out of the UK on whether or not Amanda Staveley is actually out of the deal. But it would appear that the deal has died in 2018 as Staveley has yet to contact Mike Ashley on the sale since the firestorm coming out of Sky Sports that Staveley was wasting his time. That records is yet to be broken.
But that doesn’t mean the club won’t be sold this summer. And it doesn’t mean that Newcastle United has taken its eyes off of Nicolai Jorgensen.
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that Newcastle will do the bare minimum to survive. If Mike Ashley keeps the club this season, Newcastle will undoubtedly be sold, and likely for Mike Ashley’s asking price as the influx of television cash makes its way to the North.
Jorgensen would have been Newcastle United’s most expensive signing in the history of the club, and that’s exactly what fans were promised. But even as the deal was being negotiated, the club still attempted to get the talented player on the cheap, attempting to sign him for under £15m. If you know a player will break the bank, I understand attempting to buy for a cheaper price, but the club knew it was going into expensive waters.
Come summer, Newcastle will be sold. The influx of cash will come in. And Nicolai Jorgensen WILL become the club’s most expensive signing. At least for a short while.