Newcastle may be one step closer to getting their current number one transfer target – Mathieu Debuchy – the French International and Lille right back to Tyneside, and he wants come to Newcastle to join his best friend Yohan Cabaye, who was at Lille with Debuchy for seven years.
Debuchy – French international one step closer to joining Newcastle
But there are two things that his French club have pointed out they need to do, before they can let their long-term player leave the club.
The first is to bring in a replacement for the 26 year-old right back, and the second is to agree a fee with Newcastle (or Inter-Milan) for his transfer.
There was news earlier today that it seems that the first one of those conditions may be close to being accomplished.
The news is that Lille have agreed a fee with Troyes for young right-back Djibril Sidibe, who is only 19, but has played for the French U20 side 7 times, although he has far less experience than the man he will replace.
Troyes have announced today that Sidibe will be leaving his home town club for Lille, and this is what the newly promoted club put on their web-site:
“We understand the wishes of Djibril and we would like to give him our best wishes for the rest of his career.”
It’s not clear if terms have been agreed with Lille for Sidibe, but that should not be a problem, and it would appear the first condition for Lille allowing Mathieu Debuchy to leave, has been met.
Indeed, Lille may also bring in a more experienced defender in 24 year-old Silvio Manuel Pereira from Atletico Madrid, who has played for Portugal 5 times, so Lille will be well stocked for players to fill Debuchy’s place in defense.
Now it will take Newcastle to increase their initial €5M bid by say a couple of million, to persuade Lille to part with their player, and it’s thought the terms Newcastle will offer will be very acceptable to Debuchy.
Let’s hope the other shoe falls sometime this week, and maybe we can get the lad on Tyneside within the week, but we’ll have to make that offer soon, to keep Inter-Milan at bay.
What do you think?