There are reports coming out of France today that Real Madrid are interested in 27 year-old Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy, and that the Spanish club are ready to make a bid of €10M for the French International right back.
Real Madrid are in for the French International Mathieu Debuchy
France Football are reporting that Real Madrid have made Debuchy a definite transfer target, and Jose Mourinho’s club are apparently willing to pay €10M (£7.9M)to get their man, and that will leave Newcastle out in left-field, even if they had decided to go in one more time for the French International, and try to agree a fee with his club Lille – for the umpteenth time.
This is what comes of haggling over £1M, which is what Lille wanted over and above Newcastle’s best offer so far, and if the news is true and Real Madrid are going after the Frenchman, we can all kiss Debuchy goodbye.
News out of Spain tonight suggests that Real have already put in a bid of €10M, and that wouldn’t be surprising, since there’s only until Friday for the deal to go through, and even though Debuchy wanted to come to Newcastle, Real Madrid are one of the biggest and best football clubs in the world, and won the European Cup for the first five years of its existence.
Real Madrid are said to be unhappy with the form of current right-back and former Liverpool player Álvaro Arbeloa.
The news yesterday was that Newcastle were about to go in with a new €7.5M bid for Debuchy, which is why the Spanish giants are going in quite a bit above that figure, and their bid will be very likely be accepted by Lille, since it’s even above the club’s own valuation of their player.
This is one of the problems with Newcastle’s transfer policy – that they hold out and hold out for a good deal – but if the player’s really good, some top clubs can just come in and bid what the selling club wants – and they get the player – in a New York minute.
As an example, we wouldn’t pay more than £1M for left-back Neil Taylor of Swansea last summer, and now how much is the lad worth? Manchester United are now said to be interested in getting him to Old Trafford.
So we can overdo the thrift bit of the transfer deals a little bit too much, and Newcastle seem to have done that with Debuchy, and it now remains to be seen if Newcastle try to get a defender through the door before Saturday rolls around.
Debuchy is still injured and will not play against Copenhagen in the Champions League qualifier tomorrow night, which Lille are trailing 1-0 after the first leg away from home.
Bottom line – if this news is correct, we’ve missed out on Mathieu Debuchy.
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