Newcastle target Luuk de Jong is certainly frustrated with his club FC Twente, for seemingly being so greedy in the transfer fee they are asking for him, and it seems that German club Borussia Monchengladbach have walked away from the negotiating table.
Luuk de Jong – seems Dutch club reneged on an agreement
Twente slapped a £16M fee on de Jong, but they had agreed with the striker that he could go for just £11M, if he would take a pass on the 20% he was supposed to get of the transfer fee.
It seems that Luuk agreed to that during the negotiations last week with the German club Borussia Monchengladbach, but then FC Twente are said to have reneged on that agreement.
Of course this is what is being reported in the papers, so there’s no real way to know what’s going on in the negotiations, but it does seem that Borussia Monchengladbach have balked at the fee, at least for the moment.
Luuk has already got into a little bit of trouble with his Dutch club, by talking a few days ago about nearly falling off his chair, when he heard Twente wanted £16M for him, so today he’s a lot more cautious in what he told the De Telegraaf:
“I had hoped not to be here any more. Moreover, I did not want to say anything about it.” (that’s why I’m giving this interview?) “Everyone has read everything, so it seems to me that my point is clear.”
“I hope to get fit. That’s why I’m here. I lost two kilos when I had my tonsils taken out, and you can really notice that.”
If Twente get the £16M, presumably they need to pay Luuk 20% of that, which is £3.2M, so they will get £12.8M – which is only £1.8M more than they would have received, if they had upheld the initial agreement with Luuk and sell him for £11M.
Manager Steve McClaren and the FC Twente President Joop Munsterman have made it clear that they will not sell for anything less than £16M, so we’ll just have to see if Borussia Monchengladbach do a Liverpool, and go in and match that really daft asking price.
We don’t think they will, but we still think de Jong will end up at the German club before September 1st, and for less than £16M.
What do you think?