Newcastle have been linked with 28 year-old Marseilles midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, who has been talking to Sky Sports and has hinted he could leave Marseilles this summer.
Mathieu Valbuena – capped 20 times for France
Valbuena seems to have one year left on his contract, and the 20 times capped French International has also interested Arsenal – although we could have guessed that.
Mathieu is an attacking midfielder who can play on either wing, and as well as having good technical ability he has very good speed, and we saw after January that a player with speed, like Yoan Gouffran at Newcastle, can cause all kinds of trouble with opposing defenses.
It’s Sky Sports who are reporting that both Newcastle and Arsenal are interested in the player, but if you had to pick two clubs in the Premier league who could be interested in a French International who would they be? Correct.
Marseilles will get Champions League football again next season, after they finished in second place, 12 points behind PSG, but the player still seems uncertain of his future, and he said this to Sky Sports:
“My contract has been automatically prolonged for one season due to Champions League qualification.” “But we will see what happens in the summer.”
Valbuena moved from FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin to Marseilles seven years ago, and is said to be worth around €15M (£12.9M), but that estimate seems very high, and it’s simply taken from the transfermarket.com site – which may or may not be accurate.
But if he has one year left on his contract then that fee is way too high, and it’s hard to think that Newcastle would be willing to pay out £12.9M for a player who turns 29 in September.
In the last seven seasons Valbuena, who stands 5’6″ tall, has played 286 times for Marseilles with 35 goals and 44 assists – and it’s really hard to believe the Frenchmen would leave Champions League football at Marseilles for Newcastle.
But maybe he could make the switch to the Gunners.
However, stranger things have happened we suppose.
What do you think?
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