It’s really difficult to work out what the situation is at Lille, and whether the former French Champions are serious in their stand to keep their French International right-back Mathieu Debuchy at the club this summer.
Mathieu Debuchy – still coming to Newcastle?
Since their President Michel Seydoux last week openly pulled out of the deal, we’re not sure if that was a gambit to get Newcastle to bid more for the player, or they really mean it.
And of course that came after there was supposed to be an agreement on the fee between the two clubs of £6M plus some potential add-ons, thought to be around £2M.
Newcastle insiders are saying that agreement was reached in the previous week, and they were surprised with what the Lille President had to say last week.
And Newcastle haven’t shown their hand in this deal either, although there was news yesterday that Newcastle had launched a double bid of £10M for Ajax players Vurnon Anita and Gregory van der Weil, so maybe the latter is the new right back target at Newcastle.
All the noises coming out of Lille are that Mathieu should give up on his dream move to Newcastle, and of course the longer this goes on the more it will become real.
Lille manager Luis Garcia has told the player that he cannot now force a move through to Newcastle, although Debuchy has made it very clear that his wish is to move to Tyneside this summer.
This is what Garcia said:
“He doesn’t really have the choice. The club has made a decision and he has to deal with it.” “He also knows he has to be good in the game for his future in the French team. I have no worries about him.”
And after that even their club captain Rio Mavuba came out yesterday and said he had spoken with Mathieu privately, and urged him to stay at the club, even though he knows Mathieu wants to play in football’s top league, where there is also top money – the Premier League.
This is what Rio said:
“I met him and said that I understand his desire to leave.” “But, in fact, I told him that the one thing that I preferred was for him to stay with us. I know that the team is stronger with him.”
It’s hard to read the tea leaves on this one, but we would guess that Newcastle haven’t given up on the French right-back.
But it’s also gone very quiet on the transfer front since Michel Seydoux made his statement last week that Mathieu was no longer for sale, because Newcastle would not bid the price Lille were asking for their 9 times capped French International.
Newcastle may be letting things calm down a little bit before going back to Lille with a new bid – we hope that’s the case.
What do you think?