The first thing that’s necessary before a player moves to another club, is for the fee to be agreed between the two clubs, and as far as Newcastle signing Luuk de Jong, there has so far been no agreement on the fee between Newcastle and FC Twente.
Luuk de Jong – lots of clubs after him
And his agent Louis Laros has said today there are a number of clubs across Europe after the player, and his client has already turned down some clubs, because they were not the right club for him.
Thankfully Newcastle is not one of them.
The Newcastle Journal have published an interview today with Louis Laros, and this is what the agent said:
“I can only confirm that there has been interest from Newcastle in Luuk.” “I know that Newcastle are following him, that is no secret, but a club must first agree a fee with FC Twente and so far this has not happened. I really don’t know what will happen next.”
“It is not up to us at this moment, it is up to those clubs to show an interest and agree a financial deal with Twente.” “They are not the only club that has shown an interest, there has been a lot of clubs from all over Europe. More than five or six – but that is normal for a player who has scored 25 goals in the Eredivisie and is in the national side.”
“It has got to be the right club for Luuk, and a club that Luuk likes. He has already rejected several clubs who are interested because they are not the right move. I can confirm that Newcastle are not one of the clubs that he has rejected.”
“He would be the perfect fit for the Premier League. He is only young and there is no doubt about his quality – no-one is debating that.” “Now the most important thing is to find the right club for Luuk, which is what we will do.”
The 21-year-old has been a long-term target for Newcastle and the club are said to have bid £8M for the player early in the week, which was rejected, and they returned with a bid of £10M.
It seems FC Twente want closer to £15M for him, which they will not get from Newcastle.
FC Twente are probably remembering how they sold a certain Cheick Tiote to Newcastle less than two years ago for a measly £3.5M, and the player is now worth around £20M, almost sic times that price, so they want to get the best fee they can for Luuk de Jong.
And it’s hard to blame them for that, but maybe they are asking just a little bit too much for the player?
No doubt they will be hoping that an auction will get them that £15M.
What do you think?