We’d never been linked with Saint-Etienne’s 18 year-old center-back Kurt Zouma before, so it was good news in the last day or two that Newcastle were going in with a double bid of £25M for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his young team-mate Zouma – and that news was first reported in the Daily Mail.
Kurt Zouma – false report?
But the France U20’s agent David Venditelli has said today that’s simply not true (spoilsport), and he had this to say today in Eurosport:
“The €29M (£25M) offer mentioned in the press from Newcastle for Zouma and Aubameyang is completely false.”
Aubameyang is Newcastle’s number one transfer target this summer, and the news was that we were willing to bid around £15M for the 24 year-old Gabon international, and a huge £10M for Kurt Zouma, which seemed like a lot of money for a player still so young.
But we always have to remember it’s the silly season, and it’s always very difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t.
It could be that even this report in Eurosport is made up – and it wouldn’t be the first time an agent was quoted saying something that he never said.
So you just can’t tell, and after researching Zouma, this lad would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle, and he looks like one of the top young French defenders coming through.
£10M may be a lot of money to pay out for an 18 year-old, but at 21 this lad could be worth £25M – so it could still be a good buy for Newcastle.
We’ll just have to wait and see who we get in this summer, but another center-back looks certain to be joining the club.
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