There is a report on the Italian site Tuttomercato that Roma are interested in signing Newcastle’s French International right back Mathieu Debuchy in the summer.
Mathieu Debuchy – could leave Newcastle in summer
The reason is the same reason that Yohan Cabaye was often linked with a move to Roma, and it’s simply their former manager at Lille, Rudi Garcia, is now the Roma manager this season, and of course he knows all about Yohan and Mathieu.
Mathieu has improved a lot in just over one year on Tyneside, and he is likely to be the big Newcastle star that top European clubs will come after in the summer, much like Yohan Cabaye was that player last summer and in January that top clubs pursued, and of course Cabaye finally left in January for PSG for around £20M.
Since joining Newcastle from Lille in January of last year ,Mathieu has become the number one French right back, and is expected to start for France in the World Cup in June in Brazil, and he’s also improved his consistency in the tough English Premier League.
The news is that Garcia wants Debuchy at the Italian club to replace the aging 32 year-old Brazilian full-back Maicon, whose deal runs out next summer.
Roma are second top of the Italian League but 14 points behind Juventus, but they are also 13 points above 4th placed Fiorentina so they will likely qualify for the Champions League next season.
And that’s the weakness at Newcastle, because we cannot offer our top players the Europa League – never mind the Champions League.
Debuchy is 28 and at Newcastle he has 42 appearances with one goal, and he now has 19 French caps with two goals, and most of those have come since he joined Newcastle United.
And we wouldn’t be too surprised if PSG also come after him in the summer, where he could be given the chance to rejoin his best friend Yohan Cabaye – this time in Paris.
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