It’s bad news today for Newcastle’s chances of getting Mathieu Debuchy to Tyneside, as Lille president Michel Seydoux has told Newcastle their latest offer for the French right-back is just not high enough, and certainly does not meet the French club’s valuation, and the full-back is now not for sale.
Mathieu Debuchy – staying at Lille
There have been reports in the last few days that Newcastle have put in bids for the player, but Lille asked Newcastle to raise the bid they had lodged a couple of days ago, and it seems the French club may now have become disenchanted with Newcastle’s low bidding, and have called an end to it all.
If the news of the last two days is to be believed, Lille wanted €8M, and Newcastle bid around €6M – but that included bonuses and Seydoux wanted €8M without the incentives included.
Newcastle did put in a new bid yesterday if reports are to be believed – but it seems that has fallen short by about €2M or less, and that’s around £1.5M.
So this has come down to this, after Newcastle have been linked with the top French International all year, and seemingly have negotiated with Lille since before the Europa 2012 tournament in June.
We think Lille remember well how they lost Yohan Cabaye to Newcastle last summer, for a release clause of €5M, and they will not make the same mistake twice.
This is what Michel Seydoux told L’Equipe tonight:
“I have decided that Mathieu Debuchy will remain at LOSC.” “The offer from Newcastle is definitely not at the value of the player.”
“For Mathieu Debuchy to leave, it would have taken the offer to be consistent and commensurate with his replacement.” “As the conditions are not met, it is my duty to make a decision.”
These things tend to come to a head, so it remains to be seen whether Newcastle go back with a higher final bid, or turn to other targets.
Newcastle do have the chance of signing Ajax right back Gregory van der Wiel, who is available this summer and the Dutch International has been offered to Newcastle, and has only one year left on his contract at the Dutch club – so a decent deal may be possible.
But this will not make top French International Yohan Cabaye very happy, as we know he was hoping his best friend would arrive on Tyneside, and Mathieu was said to be desperate to join Newcastle United.
Newcastle could still land Debuchy, but this is not good news, not after all the time Newcastle have been involved trying to close the deal.