French club Lille have said again that they will not sell their top right back Mathieu Debuchy until two conditions are met, and it seems neither of those conditions have yet been met.
Mathieu Debuchy – would fit right in at Newcastle
Mathieu will be returning from his holidays at the end of the week, and it is expected he will tell his club not only that he wants to leave to join the Premier League, but that he wants to join Newcastle United.
Mathieu is best friends with Newcastle’s top French midfielder Yohan Cabaye and it seems that Yohan has done a very good job in convincing Mathieu that Newcastle is the place to be.
And that’s hardly surprising since Yohan’s career has taken off since he arrived at Newcastle just over a year ago, and not only is he now a France regular, but he was probably their best player during Euro 2012.
The 26 year-old thinks now is the time for him to move on from the only club he has ever played for. but Lille’s Assistant Director General Frederic Paquet says there are still two conditions to be met:
“For a player to leave, there are two conditions which have to be met.” “First, we need to have a replacement. Then we will see if the offer lives up to what we expect.”
“Mathieu clearly has no substitute, although we are looking. We have heard that he wants to leave, but as we speak there is no replacement.” “We have received an offer, but it was not what we are looking for.”
We are hoping Newcastle can seal the deal with Debuchy in the near future, but they may have to cough up a little more than the 6M we are supposed to have bid for the 9 times capped French International.
Seeing Debuchy perform so well for France in Europe seems to suggest that this lad can fit straight into the Newcastle side for next season, and he could be another excellent buy for Newcastle, if only we can meet the fee requested by Lille.
What do you think?