The Evening Chronicle are reporting today that sources in Holland are saying that Newcastle have made their final offer for Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong.
Luuk de Jong – are Newcastle ready to walk away?
Newcastle have made what amounts to a take it or leave it offer, and apparently it’s an increase on the £8M initial bid.
But from all accounts it seems the Dutch club will leave it, as FC Twente President Joop Munsterman told the Dutch media:
“The offer was not serious. We have a different price in our minds.”
And the Chronicle is further reporting the deal is separate from Newcastle’s bid for Brazilian center-back Douglas, with Newcastle already placing a £5M bid for the 6’4″ defender.
Newcastle’s offer is thought to be in the region of £10M for de Jong, and Newcastle will now wait for FC Twente’s official response to their improved offer.
One of the things we were taught in our IBM Consulting classes on negotiations, is there are always two things that are really important:
- Never get emotionally attached to a deal
- Always be willing to walk away from any deal
And with the business backgrounds of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, we know they are very aware of those two tenets, and it could be they are getting ready to walk away from the table for Luuk de Jong.
We should know the outcome of this today, but if Newcastle do walk away, there are two 19 year-old strikers, Swedish Striker John Guidetti who is on Manchester City’s books, and Dutch youngster Luc Castaignos, who is at Inter-Milan.
Either of those two 19 year-olds would fit in at Newcastle very nicely, and be given time to develop.
But we are still hoping Newcastle can get Luuk de Jong in.