There are reports in both France and Italy today that say both Aston Villa and Newcastle United have made offers to sign AC Milan’s former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini.
Mathieu Flamini – a good experienced player
The 26-year-old was good while he was at Arsenal but has not had a successful move to Milan, after moving on a free transfer there in 2008.
The Marseilles-born player has struggled to keep a first team place at the famous Italian club, and was often played as a full-back.
When players get bogged don’t take to a new club, it’s often good to just move on and start fresh somewhere else.
And the defensive midfielder is a good player, and would certainly strengthen the Newcastle squad and compete for a starting place on Tyneside.
Chris Hughton is said to be mulling over whether to try to get Flamini on a seaosn-long loan deal at Newcastle, as a precursor to signing the player next summer, with a transfer fee agreed up front.
Flamini is an excellent professional, and would offer the Tyneside club some experience in their squad, and the lad’s character and temperament are said to be first rate.
Newcastle have Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan all fighting it out for central midfield positions, but Chris Hughton also wants to add quality and numbers to his squad.
Last season the 5’10” midfielder had just 14 starts in 25 league appearances, and an overall total of 29 appearances at the San Siro club.
A move back to the Premier League, where he was just great for Arsenal (153 appearances – 8 goals), would be just what the player needs to reignite his career – and joining Newcastle would be a good deal for both the player and for the famous Tyneside club.
We don’t know is this story has any truth in it – but hey, we’d love to see Mathieu arrive on Tyneside – soon
Written from London, England.