The Sunday Sun is reporting this morning that Borussia Monchengladbach were last night claiming victory in the battle to sign 21 year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.
Monchengladbach claiming their £9M bid has been accepted for de Jong
The Newcastle pair of Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley are in Enschede right now, and there was news earlier this morning that they have agreed a fee for the Brazilian center-back Douglas with the Dutch club.
That was the good news, with the bad news to balance that, being that FC Twente were asking as much as £15M for the 21 year-old striker, and that’s more than Newcastle value the player at.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case according to the Sunday Sun, who are reporting this morning that Derek LLambias will again be meeting with FC Twente officials over the next 24 hours, and Newcastle will again try to tie up their much sought after target.
The really potential bad news is that Monechengladbach officials talked to the German media last night, and said they thought their bid of £9M plus add-ons depending on the number of appearances made, had been accepted by the Dutch club for the young striker.
There seemed to be a lot of details on the deal, like the 21 year-old would sign a four year deal with the German club, and indeed in Kicker magazine, the Sunday Sun says they are reporting the deal has been done – but we cannot find that article in the German magazine – can you?
FC Twente manager Steve McClaren has already said he does not want to sell de Jong other than for silly money, but we don’t think £9M is silly money by any means, and in fact we’d be a little disappointed if the German club win the race with a £9M bid.
And McClaren was also saying that he doesn’t want to lose Douglas either, and he had this to say about his Brazilian center-back:
“If Douglas is fit, he is the best defender in Holland. I don’t want to lose him and neither do the team.”
But of course Steven can only say what he wants to happen, and he’s not in the group of officials at the Dutch club who actually make the decision. The transfer decisions these days are very much based on business reasons.
We hope the news on Douglas is true, but we also hope Newcastle can go in at the last moment and also seal the deal for Luuk de Jong.