News that Luuk de Jong has criticized FC Twente for the transfer fee that has been placed on his head by Chairman Joop Munsterman, which is £16M – a really daft transfer fee for a 21 year-old, who has played only 7 times for Holland.
Joop Munsterman – FC Twente Chairman
Both Newcastle United and Borussia Monchengladbach have been after the striker, and we reported earlier today that the silly price that Twente will sell de Jong for is £16M, with apparently both clubs having already bid £12M – with Newcastle’s offer being cash up front.
Twente manager Steve McClaren has said that only an “absurd” offer could tempt the Eredivisie team into selling their young striker.
This is what the striker told De Telegraaf.
“I fell off my chair when I heard Joop Munsterman.” “That amount is in complete contradiction with the conversation that took place this week between Twente and Borussia Monchengladbach, and with my father George and agent Louis Laros.”
“I was amazed to hear this.” “FC Twente, my agent Louis Laros and Borussia Monchengladbach indicated that a transfer fee of €12M plus €2M in bonuses, would do, if I agreed with FC Twente to drop my contracted right to 20% of the transfer fee.”
“I have already indicated that I will drop my claim to 20% of the transfer fee, if a move to Borussia Monchengladbach is possible. I am not concerned just about the money.” “But for FC Twente, this is no longer sufficient for them to agree to a transfer.”
“The president says all players get a fair chance to take a step up to a higher level, but unfortunately the reality is different.” “I have heard other players say that the management at FC Twente does not negotiate properly. I could not believe it, because I thought they are a decent club with which to play, but unfortunately I am experiencing that.”
“Munsterman said recently that he has read everything about the interest in me, but has not heard it, but the reality is that in recent months clubs from five countries were interested, and three went straight to FC Twente – and he knows it.”
German club Bayer Leverkusen seem to have been the latest club to show an interest in the young Dutch striker, and that’s exactly what FC Twente want – an auction for their player, which should drive up the price.
And Luuk’s words are hardly good news for Newcastle fans, because we had reported he was in meetings with Borussia Monchengladbach this week, and the German club seems to be his preferred destination.
Silly lad – oh well, let’s bring in John Guidetti for £5M.