There are reports today that Manchester City are interested in signing Newcastle United’s 28 year-old French International right back Mathieu Debuchy – and thanks to reader Alexander Hunt for alerting us to the news.
Mathieu Debuchy – Manchester City interested
With Brazilian right-back Maicon having moved to AS Roma, Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that the new City manager Manuel Pellegrini is interested in signing the 14 times capped French International, presumably to replace Maicon.
Mathieu was only signed by Newcastle in January from Lille for around £6M, after Newcastle haggled with Lille all last summer on the proposed transfer, but couldn’t agree a fee at that time, but then Newcastle eventually signed him eight months ago.
Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta are the two players who can play for City at right back at the moment, and therefore Debuchy would compete with these two players for which of the three would be the starting right back at the former Premier League Champions.
That doesn’t seem to be much of a move for Debuchy, and of course it all depends on how much the Manchester club would be willing to pay for Debuchy, and Mike Ashley would want maybe double what Newcastle paid for the Frenchman in January, although there is no reason to think that the player would want to leave Newcastle.
Newcastle do have Davide Santon, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett who can play at full-back, but if Debuchy was to leave, then the Magpies would need to bring in a replacement.
It’s interesting news that we will be following – but Debuchy is currently Newcastle’s starting right back, and now that he’s used to the Premier League having played 14 times for the Magpies, we expect the former Lille defender to be a much improved player next season.
We’d be very surprised if this deal comes to fruition.
What do you think?
Note: I had to delete the article on the sighting of Loic Remy in Newcastle that I had released earlier – the photos were copyright of Trinity Mirror – sorry about that.
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