This has been confirmed by a lot of people now, so using that particular rule of thumb you would have to say that there is an element of truth in this.
The figures being thrown around are truly staggering, but if the club stick to their resolve and keep on rebuffing bids of this magnitude then they will get some credit from me for sure. £30 million is not to be sneezed at, but accepting it would be a backwards step this late on in the window and would leave us little time to line up a replacement that will offer us anywhere near what Carroll can.
With Andy Carroll you are paying for potential and for the fact that he is English, and for being a striker that can actually score goals. Could we find a comparable player who would be interested in joining us? I don’t think we could to be honest.
Keeping Carroll would be a feather in the cap for Mike Ashley and would give us a strong indication as to which direction the club are going in the medium to long term. Having one of Europe’s hottest, most saught after talents on the books will be a pull for player’s and sponsor’s and will have it’s own benefit in the long run.
The valuation of £30 million is fantastic, but in reality it is peanuts to Mike Ashley and it’s also peanuts compared to the value that Carroll can add to the club over the coming years.
Whether or not there will be another bid of a larger magnitude remains to be seen, but with under twelve hours of the window left to go it’s time to hold onto your hats.
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