Newcastle Now Linked With Top Spanish Defender


There are reports in Spain that Newcastle have joined the race for Marseille’s 22 year-old Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, although Chelsea have been tracking the top youngsters for at least the last  year.

Cesar Azpilicueta – Newcastle interested in Spanish full-back?

The player turns 23 in August,  and he has played 19 times for the Spanish U21 side and 3 times for the Spanish U23 side, but has never been able to break into the full Spanish side – the European and World Champions – but that’s hard for any player to do the days, such is the strength of Spanish football at the International level.

Azpilicueta came through his hometown club CA Osasuna’s Youth system, and he made  his La Liga debut in April of 2007, when he was only 17 years old,  against of all sides – Real Madrid – and he started his career as a midfielder.

In June of 2010, top French club Olympique de Marseille signed the youngster, and he has played on the Lyon first team ever since. The fee was reported as €7M (about £5.5M), with the fee possibly rising to as much as €9.5M based on appearances.

The 5’10” tall Spaniard has played for every Spanish youth side from U16 through U23, and is now a key target of Chelsea, as the European Champions look to replace their departed right-back Jose Bowsinga.

However, according to the La Provence, Liverpool and Newcastle are now also looking to have discussions with the full-back.

Chelsea still remain the favorites to sign the player they have been tracking for over twelve months now, but they could now face some severe competition for his signature.

Newcastle’s number one full-back target remains Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, and we suppose this is a possible back-up plan, in case the deal for the French International does not go through.

Azpilicueta has been named captain of Spain’s Olympic Football team, and Newcastle will be taking a look at the player during the upcoming London Olympics.

Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr will probably get that detail, and of course he has a fabulous record of accomplishment so far scouting for Newcastle, his home town club.

But the full back will cost around £8M, and the fee for Debuchy is thought to be only £6M, so he may not be as good value for money as Mathieu.

Azpilicueta  still has two years left on his contract at Marseilles, and the player has admitted that if he is to become part of the full Spanish side, then he will have to play his football at a bigger club than Marseilles.

Well Newcastle United are certainly that, and the publicity he would get at Newcastle, if he arrives and plays well on Tyneside, would give him a good shot at attaining his ambition.

However, this seems to us to be a back-up plan for Newcastle, with French International Mathieu Debuchy still firmly the number one full back,  that Newcastle hope to bring into the club this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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54 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Every fullback with two legs, who can breathe without assistance will be linked to us by the time the window closes!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh no for goodness sake I cant pronounce that!

    Bollance – damn boy – is that really you? Cabin fever got the best of you? Welcome to our nightmare. 🙂

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Reet I’ve done it lads. I’ve handed my application in for the rightback slot. I’m left footed so it’ll be harder for players to cut inside me when I’m head on. And I’ve got a meaty tackle. Hehe

    No doubt Ed will have this breaking news in an article any moment. And the bbc want an interview soon aswell. Now back to my unicorn

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed – I just want to say by the way that as someone lighter by one kidney I know all about that guy Big C. My 6-Monthlies spanned 8 years at the finish so I totally know the place you are in. It IS going to get better, never doubt it mate.

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  • pbNcl

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #5

    God bless Ed

    I’m off for the night

    Peace love & unity

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Excellent, get him over the line quick.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Over the line n in the building n through the door. Who again?

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  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #8

    One of the ‘Marveaux-lous Twins’ has checked in. Get ready for the puns and banter!

    Up and Hatem!

    Where are you Ruddy Marveaux-lous?

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  • Hobs

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #9

    My bet is we buy him! This summer, we only buy players with names that are impossible to pronounce! (Amalfitano, Bigirimana)

    But it’s gonna be hard. This guy’s a massive talent and if it’s true and if we pull it off he’ll soon be worth a lot more than 8mill!

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  • geordielad95

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Or why don’t we just offer Lille 8 mil for Debuchy and get It over with. Cabayes panicking now..

    Or are Lille wanting us to buy his replacement or something. Jeez, it’s not that hard I find a right back. We’ve been linked with about 80, do they want a list.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed

    Like Tsunki, been there, on a clinical trial for ten years so plenty of regular testing for markers, now clear for 16 yrs….PSA count that low and you’re on the mend..that radiotherapy is hard work though..

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #12

    If no Debuchy, I’d prefer Tav in that position. Spend one year as the understudy, and make him the regular the next season.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Important things first….great news on the health Ed!

    On this guy, saw him abit last season in europe and he did stand out as a very useful player.

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #14

    I will be really dissapointed if we dont sign Debuchy like. The thought of simpson at right back next season gives me the heebie jeebies

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  • rknufc

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #15

    can any1 upload the video of the players white water rafting on nufctv onto youtube… also great to hear the news ed

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  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Wait whats the new news about Ed’s health??????!

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #17

    His right foot is now approaching the line. Alan Pardew quoted as saying that the board are doing a fantastic job to move the club forward by getting his right foot completely over the line, perhaps even the big toe of his left foot touching the line. Although theres alot of work to be done behind the scenes for that to happen.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #18

    @ Bloody Marveauxlous, its at the very top of this page on the right hand side. Ed’s Cancer is seemingly all clear and he has been enjoying getting some green tea over the line. Heck, im pretty partial to a nice cup of Bruce Lee of the green variety myself.

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  • Geordiedownunder

    Jul 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Terrific news Ed…
    Green tea never did Kermit any harm son….
    Well, Apart from turning into a frog…..
    Well done,
    HWTL

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  • r and r

    Jul 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #20

    How do u pronounce his surname ???
    Never did Spanish at school.
    We should stick to French Players.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jul 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #21

    R and R

    Az-Pily-Cw-Air-Ter

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  • Norlinsen

    Jul 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #22
  • r and r

    Jul 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Supatoonkid,
    Ta much.Dubuchy would be easier for me though.
    My French is basic but now we’re Le Toon I’ve started to look for my old French text books.
    Have u noticed regular pre match songs at St James’s often include the punk song Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones..It fires up energy and the urge to win, Psyco Pierce is a massive fan.
    Maybe with several Frenchman in the team, we should play a French punk song instead ???
    Anyone got any suggestions ?

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jul 21, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #24

    I now think of Ruddy and Bloody as a tweedle dee tweedle dum type twins double act, and forever it will be so.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Jul 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #25

    I hope we don’t have to wait until transfer deadline day to find out who the squad will be next season. Get the deals done and give the rest of the league something to worry about. Berbatov, AC, Debuchy, Douglas, Adam Johnson. Job done. Pace, goals, improved defense, big names, and a good shot at a trophy over the next two years.

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  • lgnufc

    Jul 21, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #26

    hey everybody,
    looking forward to the fenerbahce game later!
    i’m from Australia and the game won’t be televised. I was wondering what my chances were of finding a live stream for the game? As i’d rather not wake up at 3:00am for a game i cant watch :D. What do you guys think?
    Cheers

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  • lgnufc

    Jul 21, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Also, I’m not 18 so i can’t use the bet365 stream. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #28

    lgnufc

    Almost certainly mate. Go to http://www.vipbox.tv/sports/football.html , then click on Newcastle v Fenerbahce.

    There’s no proper links there at the moment, but there will be tomorrow.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 21, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #29

    If not, hop on here and ask and I’m sure someone will help you out!

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  • Royal Farmer

    Jul 21, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #30

    busy night , member on the official sight and now HERE! listening on bigi and amalfi was worth the few pence tbh.. Bigi has the mentality thing all ready and almost precocious in his manner but our tiote will give him a spank if he gets too cocky…

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jul 21, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Christ I hate Neymar, every single time I watch him he dives and feigns injury. Plus he was generally pretty average last night, no way was he man of the match- Oscar was far better. Seems that he was going to get MotM regardless- it’s what the sponsors and tv companies wanted.

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  • rivettCatcher

    Jul 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #32

    For those in Vienna:

    If you’re in Vienna but are finding game too difficult to get to, Flannagen’s bar has Euro ESPN and are showing the game.

    I’ll repost this throughout the day… apologise.

    RC

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  • petesull

    Jul 21, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #33

    When can we buy the new home kit

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #34

    buy something…….please

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #35

    What time is the game?

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #36

    bring someone …….please
    no one is abusing ashley and lambas, so no productive output is coming .
    lets slack them and then we will find on monday we have signed affeley, erik peiter and debuchy and pillar(except debuchy we are not linked with anyone above, so more likely we can sign them).

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #37

    God it is frustrating at times with the lack om movement with transfers, but it most be frustrating as hell to be Pardew 😉

    …maybe I should start feeling sory for him in stead of feeling sorry for myself 😉 Hope you’ll get some signings soom Pardew – I am pulling for you.

    The 3 stooges need to deliver soon 😉 lol

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #38

    drowning in mucus of shola’s is too good for ashley.
    yuk

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #39

    argh !!!!
    that doesn’t helped………

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Tavernier for RB… how hard is this?

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