There is a report in the Daily Mirror today, that Newcastle have made a second and much higher bid, for Lille and France right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
Debuchy in training – with good friend Yohan Cabaye on his right?
The Newcastle Journal reported yesterday that Newcastle would be making an improved bid for the player this week, so if the bid has gone in, that would not be too surprising, and it would be good news for Newcastle fans.
Due to Mathieu’s good form at the Euro 2012 tournament other clubs seem to have become interested in the player, and Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Inter Milan are just three of the other clubs said to have become interested in the 9 times capped french International.
Newcastle had an initial bid of €5M (£4M) immediately turned down by Lille, but the reports are that they have now increased that bid to €7.5M, which is around £6M, and that’s a 50% increase on their first bid.
And Lille boss Rudi Garcia, who had derided Newcastle’s first bid, has been talking again to RMC radio:
“Mathieu wants to leave. But we had no plans for him to leave. He will only leave when I have found someone equally as good to replace him. And that will cost a lot of money.”
“Mathieu is one of my key players. He sets an example, a young man who has been brought up well and gives his all for the cause.”
“My role is not to put the team in jeopardy. If we find a replacement for him of the same stature, and the right club comes in for Mathieu, then he can leave.”
That’s about what you would expect Rudi to say, as he’s naturally coming from the Lille side of things, but £6M is a decent offer from Newcastle, but we still wonder if it will be enough to close the deal – maybe not.
Debuchy is contracted to Lille until 2015, and it’s the only club he has ever played for, and as well as being a top player, he also seems to be a first class professional and a good lad, according to Rudi’s statement above.
Seems he’s right for Newcastle!
Howay The Lads!