Are Arsenal Still Interested In Sebastien Bassong?

We noticed that Arsene Wenger has quietly signed a top defender for just £11M.

Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen – signed for 11M from Ajax

Arsenal’s new signing Thomas Vermaelen, who can play at centre-half or left-back, has signed a five year deal at the Emirates, after completing his move from Ajax.

Vermaelen, 23, made more than 100 appearances for Ajax after joining the Dutch club in 2004, from Germinal Beerschot, and he has played 21 times for Belgium. Thomas stands just under 6′ tall.

It’s obvious Arsene needed strengthening in the center of his defense wince it was rather a soft center last season, but with the acquisition of the Belgian, the question for Newcastle fans, becomes whether he will still be interested in Newcastle’s Sebastien Bassong, who is said to be in talks with two Premier League sides.

Sebastien, signed from Metz for just £500K last August, had a great first season at Newcastle, and at 6’2″ he is dominant in the air, and not too bad on the ground either. He can also play at left back, but is much better where it counts most, in central defense.

He was easily Newcastle’s top player in a turbulent season, but Bassong settled in well and played 34 times for Newcastle with 30 starts. His temperament is also first class, and he would be a great capture for the London side.

Seb also seems a big game player, having given a magnificent  performance last year in Newcastle’s 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, when he came in for the injured Steven Taylor.

Newcastle would hope to get about the same money for him as Arsenal paid Ajax for the Belgian, but that may be difficult given the Paris-born player’s lack of experience.

Of course, one thing that could happen is that Manchester City could be interested in the lad, and if that’s true it’s easy to estimate the transfer fee they would be willing to pay.

You estimate his true worth and then double it, so we would hope that Mark Hughes could be in with a bid of £15M or more for the Frenchman, who could get his first cap for Cameroon today. After all they did bis £110M for Kaka last January, and the Brazilian was signed by Real Madrid for £55M recently.

So it seems that City’s wealthy owners are only too willing to pay way over the odds to show everybody just how much money they have to burn. And of course they will  have been more than a little annoyed at Real Madrid’s audacity in catching world wide headlines, as they also recently paid a cool £80M for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hey, come to think of it, maybe they could bid £20M for Sebastien.

The problem with Arsene and Arsenal is that they only bid reasonable and sensible fees for players.

And that’s not good for Newcastle, who are now in serious financial jeopardy,  and have to get as much as they can for whatever players they can sell in the summer.

Those who will leave, will generally be their good players, and how’s that for a strategy forced onto the club because of years of financial mis-management?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • newcastle29

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    does anyone else think that the longer this goes on that we may well just release one or two of these high earners to get them off the books?

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought this yesterday about Bass and Arsenal when I read about the player Arsenal were due to sign.

    Its true that Bassong was by far our best player and deservedly so but you cant blame any player for jumping ship if someone waves a wad of cash in his face.

    Question – what happens if we cant flog anyone?

    Im not convinced any prem team even wants any of our players.

    Would we be financially sound for a season to continue with the squad and push for the prem where things should then even out?

    But there are no guarantee’s we will be able to get back up.

    The blatant fact we are shambles and in ‘limbo’ doesnt help anyone. Ashley couldnt give a f’ck – but he still needs to keep the club running as what happens if he cant sell? Dont discount the fact that bidders may look at the books and offer low due to the inherited debt.

    Its not a negative view more a realistic one.

    We can only sit back and wait – but its a b*tch!

  • newcastle29

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4
  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Beye – I cant access the link due to the works internet filter – can you let me know what it says.

    Im going like.

  • newcastle29

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    t.g. it says that only 1000 tickets sold for bobby robson match in july.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle29 – I thought that when I booked my ticket last week. Im behind the goal in the middle tear in the Sj John Hall Stand.

    I never thought it will be a sell out – but think the crowd will be loud and give sir bob a cheer or two.

    Ive no doubt that they will have the buckets collecting outside – I will happlily give a tenna or sommit as its a cause worth donating to and something which has touched my family life.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon29 – thanks mate.

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    charity match in honour of Sir Bobby Robson is under threat because of the apathy surrounding Newcastle United.
    Fewer than 1,000 tickets have been sold for the legends game between England and Germany on July 26, a re-run of the 1990 World Cup semi-final in Italy and is set to feature Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley.
    Crying game: Paul Gascoigne is consoled by Bobby Robson after he was booked during the 1990 World Cup semi-final – which would have ruled him out of the final if England had progressed

  • belza09

    Jun 20, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    IMO I think Bassong is a good player but if we can get maybe 9 -10 mil would be happy to let him go because seems he is intrested to go to other clubs in the prem…..if this is the case then would he give 100% to newcastle……IMO the reason we are now in the fizzy pop league is down to players being here not to play the descent football and be proud to pull on a newcy shirt but for the pennies and if thats so let them go………..would probs have no option but to offer knock down prices(MA should know about that) because of our situation we are in no position to dictate fees!!!!!!!!

  • batty

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    tevez to leave man u ssn


    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Stick a rediculously huge price tag on Bassong and hope that Man City take the bait. That’s about all Newcastle can hope for.

    In the meantime>>>

    I say give the little waster to (when you wash your hands and face you wash your) Arsenal.

  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    There should be no sales till we have new owners in place. You never know we may have someone(group) wealthy enough to match any club for buying power. Selling our best players might retrospectively look short sighted and stupid. One season in the championship is not going to damage any players prospects or reputation. In actuall fact it would be a plus to their character to remain with a relegated team at least for one season.

  • Pedro

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    I hope he doesn’t go to spuds now

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #15

    when you think of Man City dont think high transfers!

    Look at a certain mr Shay Given, worth 15mil, we sold him for 6 and offered 10mil for Michael Johnson!

    We cannot allow this to happen again, that is why Shearer must be appointed now as he knows who’s right for HIS club and he will sell them at worthy prices, but now Wise is gone maybe that can change!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    BTW- I’m out in Turkey and one of my best mates just came back from a trip to South Africa (he’s Egyptian) to see the Italy game.

    He said that over there, there was big talk of Newcastle and a takeover, he told me he met an English speaking South African Newcastle fan and they got talking, he learned a takeover was possible and they’re very clever and quite rich. He thinks they’re worth £3bil and that values rising as they’re buying more property.

    They sound good but i’d prefer FFS or the American 1

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    ok i have 2 questions

    1 has the darlo game gone on sale ?

    2 does any 1 know how to get to darlo stadium from the town centre

  • Nick 69

    Jun 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    im really glad tevez has left man utd, serves them right for leaving him on the bench and playing berbatov who was a total flop last season, it was pretty obvious to anyone that ferie wasnt all that keen on paying the money for tevez until he realised ronaldo was gone!

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19


    Im South African, and he’s probably talking about Patrice Motsepe who owns the South African Football Club Sundowns…
    Yes he is worth about 2-3Mil pounds but I honestly dont see him buying Newcastle and I think its just rumours.

    But he is a man who likes to be in the glamour and spotlight so if he did buy it he would definately back the manager.
    He is also very impatient though so not sure if thats what we need.

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha, we just had our own little Confed tournament at work and we been blowing the “vuguzelas” all day…
    I take it the rest of the world arnt fans of the noise though. But the atmosphere is definately unique.

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    jjjso thats what they are called

  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    JJJ, sorry mate but I found them so irritating I turned the game off. I would hate to be in the crowd with that racket going on. Now if they were bagpipes!!

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    question 2: A. go towards Yarm Rd (across the river skerne, then fork right onto Neasham Rd, straight up Neasham Rd ’til you get to the end, & you’re there!..It’s pretty straight forward mate!..

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Ye, thats what they are called and trust me, they are louder than they sound on the tele.
    Our football games are more of a party than anything else really.
    Its like a big carnival with the masks made out of Coke or Beer cans, and giant glasses and miners hats etc.
    Their are also unique chants… for instance when the players made an error the fans will “wheel” their hands to indicate they play should be substituted… Its quite funny.

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #25

    thanks punk

    youre a life saver but what would be even more helpful is if you know of any buses that go there or there abouts if not thats fine thanks for the directions

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Bill F

    To be honest I also found them irritating at first, but the secret is to just grab one and join in. That way your not irritated by the racket because your part of it! Haha…

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #27


    i take it the stadiums are finished then considering the feds cup has started

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Soz Beye,
    i haven’t lived there for nigh on 20 years, so i’ve lost contact with things like bus routes!..
    …It won’t be hard tho’ mate, 1/2 of Darlo supports the Toon, just follow everyone wearin’ B&W!..

  • Bill F

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    JJ yeah, I suppose being there would make a big difference. Do you think if we ended up with SA owners they might become a part of the Toon aresenal. 😉

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30



  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Thanks JJJ, I’ll take anyone at the moment 😉

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Most of the stadiums are completed.

    The only two left are the one on Durban and the one in Soweto and both are going to be really magnificent stadiums.

    And to be honest one thing I can assure you is that if South Africans took over Newcastle it would be run by smart people and good businessman… But I still have my doubts.

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Interest in the premierleague is huge here…

    We have more televised live games of the Premier league here than you do in the UK. No jokes…
    And there are a lot of Newcastle fans in South Africa.
    I’d say fourth only to Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal. So a lot of mega rich people and interest in the PL probably sparks rumours but I think the money would rather be invested in our own teams TBH.

  • JJJ

    Jun 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh yes, and before Spain thump us 5-0 today, let me just say we are playing without Benni MaCarthy and Naseem Morris (our two best players behind Pienaar)… 😉
    And we’ll always get consolation that we still have the best Cricket team in the world and our Bokke are going to destroy the Lions today! 🙂

    Habana, Spies, Bakkies Botha, Matfield, Pieterson, Bismark du Plessis, Pienaar, Steyn, etc… gotta be the best rugby team theres ever been…
    If only Newcastle could win a game, watching sport would be a pleasure… hahaha.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Bassong is over-rated he’s had 1 decent season. If someone wants to pay £10m for him snap their hands off.

  • Brutooon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Bassong should join the likes of Arsenal. i m still a big fan of them no matters which clubs he join (except mackems)

    he may join the france squad for 2010 worldcup

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    If we get offered £8mil bite their hands off.

    Bassong was showing a lot of faults towards the end of last season, and on a fairly consistent basis.


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