There’s a report in Caughtoffside that Chelsea are preparing a bid of £10M for Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy, but we have no idea if this report has any truth to it, but with the news that Inter-Milan are also preparing a bid for the French International, we wonder what Newcastle’s intentions are for the Lille right back?
Mathieu Debuchy – now seems to be in demand
A little word of advice to Chelsea FC, his asking price is lower than £10M, so they should probably bid lower than that.
But the presence of potentially Inter-Milan and Chelsea in the bidding for Debuchy would certainly put Newcastle at a disadvantage, and the Tyneside club have told Lille they will not go any higher than their last bid of around £6M, because of Mathieu’s age – he turned 27 on July 28th.
We also have to remember that the bids being reported are either in UK pounds or euros, and they often seem interchangeable in the reports – and as a rough guide the euro is around 0.8 of the pound sterling at the moment.
Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in the Community Shield game against Manchester City, and although he will not be suspended, it showed just how dicey the right-back position is at the moment for the London club, and in any case Ivanovic prefers to play in central defense.
And Chelsea released Portuguese International Jose Bosingwa this summer, after his contract ran out, and they have yet to replace him.
It seems that Ivanovic is the only recognized right back at Chelsea at the moment, and certainly Chelsea need some cover in that position, and we all know that Mathieu Debuchy would like to play in the Premier League.
Chelsea seem to have Marseille’ right back Cesar Azpilicueta as their number one target for right back, and have already had a £5M bid rejected and are reported to be ready to return with an improved offer.
So as with Inter-Milan, Debuchy seems to be their back -choice in each case, but he’s not the back-up at Newcastle, and we’d love to see Newcastle go in with an improved offer for the French International, who impressed during Euro 2012.
Whether that will happen before the window closes on August 31st we have no idea, but Newcastle may lose their chance if Chelsea or Inter decide to lodge a bid for Debuchy.
Both Chelsea and Inter-Milan were linked with Debuchy earlier this summer, and it seems there interest has not diminished much.
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