Newcastle are thought to be interested in bringing in a striker in January, and now with the top tax rate in France at 75%, and President François Hollande refusing yesterday to exempt professional footballers from the top income tax, maybe summer target Bafe Gomis will be very interested in joining Newcastle in January.
Bafe Gomis – more interested in leaving France now?
But it seems that the high taxes – for those earning more than €1M a year – will actually be paid by the football clubs in France, and they have voted not to play any matches from November 29. to December 2 – as a protest of this decision.
The French clubs are saying it is unfair that they should be given the burden of paying the extra taxes, and Lille President Michel Seydoux, has even said that French football is in danger because of this.
But whoever pays the taxes it would seem the new 75% tax will only force France’s best players to play their football elsewhere, and a lot of them already do that.
It will now be interesting to see if Bafe Gomis ends up on Tyneside in January, since he will be available for around £4M (or less) and that’s less than half of what Lyon wanted for him last summer.
But there again, Newcastle probably have enough French players already in the squad, and may turn elsewhere for an additional striker in January.
That’s always assuming that Mike Ashley will make funds available to Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew in January.
What do you think?