L’Equippe are reporting that Newcastle may go after Saint-Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
Blaise Matuidi-Would Newcastle really be interested?
Blaise Matuidi is a 24 year old French International who has 3 caps for France. He has been at Saint-Etienne since 2007 where he has made over 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 club. He is a defensive midfielder and if Newcastle are indeed interested it would be only as cover for Cheick Tiote.
However the rumour that Matuidi would not come cheaply leads me to believe that this is a fabricated story. While Newcastle do need cover for Cheick, this player could go for 3 times what Newcastle paid for the Ivory Coast International. I just don’t see Ashley splashing that type of money for this player.
Though if Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan are on their way out, Newcastle would have to replace them with quality. By all indications, Matuidi is a player that is sparking interest among some of the elite clubs.
I think it would serve Newcastle to keep Barton and Nolan and spend their money on areas of need-like up front and on the wings. Also a proper replacement for Enrique seems like it is going to be a must this summer.