Liverpool have agreed a fee with Newcastle United understood to be in the region of £6million for the sale of Jose Enrique. The Spanish left back will travel to Anfield to negotiate personal terms and undergo a medical. With only a year remaining on his contract, Enrique was expected to leave St James Park this summer and his move away from the Toon has been inevitable since he criticised the club’s board over its transfer policy on Twitter. Arsenal had been linked with a move for the 25-year-old after selling Gael Clichy to Manchester City, but Liverpool look set to secure his signature tomorrow.
As far as criticising the Newcastle board goes over transfers, it has to be said that Enrique has a point. And he’s not the only one laying into Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias at the moment. But for whatever reason, Newcastle have been unable to hold on to their best players and Liverpool are taking advantage of the situation once again, after prising Andy Carroll away from St James Park. The Reds are not exactly renowned for conducting intelligent transfer business – just look at the carnage Rafa Benitez caused with his reckless spending – and this season, although they look to have made some good buys, the incoming players at Anfield seem expensive. But Kenny Dalglish can consider £6million for Jose Enrqiue a bargain. Remember Manchester City spent £16million on Aleksander Kolarov, then £7million on Gael Clichy the following season.
Liverpool are expected to be in the top five this season, and in Enrique they’ll be getting one of the best full backs in the country. When Newcastle were relegated he showed he was the best left back in the Championship by some distance, while last season he was more than capable of making the step back up to the top flight. He will bomb forward and whip in plenty of crosses, while his pace does not allow many players to get past him. Playing for Liverpool, Jose Enrique could prove himself to be in the same class as Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra and Leighton Baines. Newcastle fans need not worry though, James Perch can slot in at left back..