French national newspaper L’Equipe reported earlier today, that Newcastle have put in an early but low bid, for France and Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
Newcastle put in €5M bid for Frenchman
Newcastle have had Debuchy watched all season, and he’s another one that has been spotted by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
But the world now knows how good this lad is, and he had another good game in France’s 2-0 win over the Ukraine in the Group D game in Donetsk tonight.
It looks like Newcastle have bid a rather low €5M for the French international, which translates to about £4M, but Debuchy is under contract until 2015 at Lille, so he will not come cheap.
A statement from Lille Chairman Michel Seydoux, read as follows in L’Equipe:
“Newcastle proposed a fee this week of five million euros for Mathieu Debuchy who is under contract until June 2015.”
“We are not sellers. We did not sign a new contract with Mathieu last year to get one further season. He is part of our plans. He is a man of Lille!”
The news was that Newcastle had valued this player at around £6M, but that his club Lille wanted £8M, but that price may go up after the way Debuchy is playing so well at Euro 2012.
And it could be that those prices are in Euros, so that’s about 80% of the prices in UK pounds, so Newcastle have come in with a bid of around 5/8 or 62.5% of what Lille are probably wanting for their player – if it’s €8M.
And there are other big clubs who have been alerted to the Frenchman, who is said to want to come to Tyneside, to join his big pal Yohan Cabaye.
After watching Debuchy play for France in the last couple of games, there’s no doubt he would be a terrific signing for Newcastle, if only we can get him.
Unfortunately, one outcome of this is that Newcastle could be squeezed out of a deal for the 26 year-old, as they rarely go much above what they value a player at.
It Lille want €8M, that’s about £6.4M – he’s worth that much.
What do you think?