Alan Pardew may struggle to keep in form Jose Enrique from leaving St James’ Park for the San Siro.
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Jose Enrique set to ‘snub Liverpool transfer for AC Milan move’
Jose Enrique is set to leave Newcastle United this summer, but his transfer could be to AC Milan rather than Liverpool.
The Spanish left-back has been one of the stars of Newcastle’s first campaign back in the Premier League, with his attacking play attracting the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
His current contract at St James’ Park expires at the end of next season and he has told Magpies boss Alan Pardew he will not discuss a new deal until the summer.
That has given the clubs interested in signing him encouragement and Liverpool were said to be preparing a £6million bid for a player that interim manager Kenny Dalglish believes could solve the Reds’ left-back problem.
Liverpool are set to miss out on the 25-year-old, as his agent has already met with AC Milan officials and held positive talks about a possible move.
Alan Pardew appears to be worried that a number of his St James’ Park squad may leave the club unless they feel that Mike Ashley is showing some ambition by investing in the club he owns. The Newcastle United boss did however manage to tie impressive midfielder Cheik Tiote to a long term deal but that hasn’t stopped speculation that Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez may leave the club after seeing the Magpies sell Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
News that Jose Enrique’s agent is in talks with AC Milan officials will not please the club’s supporters as they have seen just how consistent and effective the 25 year old Spanish left back can be, especially with Gutierrez ahead of him on the left flank.
Liverpool are also sniffing around the former Villarreal man as they look to fix their own left sided issues but a move to Serie A giants appears to be tempting Enrique and considering new boss Massimiliano Allegri has led the San Siro side back to the top of the table may well be an offer that could tempt the Spaniard as he looks to break into the national team set-up.