More news about Newcastle’s attempts to get Mathieu Debuchy on Tyneside, and never let it be said that Newcastle don’t drag out potential transfers, by bidding low (make that very low) and slowly (make that very slowly) raise the price they are willing to offer for the player, always hoping the other side gets sick of the game along the way, and accepts the bid. 😀
Mathieu Debuchy – new picture of Frenchman – to keep things interesting
That’s basically what seems to be happening with nearly all of Newcastle’s attempts to bring players into the club this summer – like Mathieu Debuchy, Andy Carroll, Vurnon Anita and Douglas.
And news today that last night Mathieu again pleaded with the Lille representatives to let him move to Newcastle, and accept the bid from Newcastle, whatever amount the last one was for.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle thought they were close to getting the deal done last week, and they agreed personal terms with the player, and thought the deal was almost done.
But complications at the Lille end have delayed the deal – and we suppose those complications are that Lille want more money than Newcastle have offered – picky picky – why do Lille complicate things?
And of course the French club are still probably ticked off that Newcastle got Yohan Cabaye for only €5M (£4M) last summer, and now he is one of the best players in the France National side.
Newcastle fans are looking for the bucket and sponge, as they follow the slow news on the deal we thought we’d have completed weeks ago, but Newcastle are trying to get a good deal, and seem willing to wait for Lille to accept their offer.
A source close to the deal (his big pal Yohan Cabaye who must be keeping up with what’s going on?) has said this to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Mathieu wants to come.” “He’s had his heart set on the move for a long time now.” “It’s now down to whether the board can pull this one off.” “If they can it’s pretty obvious that this would be seen as a real capture.”
This seems to have gone on forever, and there’s no truth in the rumor that Lille Present Michel Seydoux looks 10 years older than he did in early May.
Whenever any author writes a new book on negotiating skills, they should study the way Newcastle United do their transfer business, and maybe quote Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, because the club are obviously very patient and very determined to get a good deal done – but it’s hardly good to watch – from a Newcastle fan’s perspective.
It’s simply amazing that this deal has dragged on for this length of time, but Newcastle want good deals, and they will not overpay for any player.
It’s no wonder Newcastle start their summer transfer plans in early January.
Oh well ….. and so it continues.
But we are reminded on the positive side, of the William Shakespeare play – All’s well that ends well.
We hope that’s the case with Newcastle’s long pursuit of Mathieu Debuchy.