Newcastle Could Lose Top Player This Summer

Newcastle’s right back Mathieu Debuchy could be in demand this summer, and we thought initially that could be with PSG, the club his best friend joined in January, but Arsenal seem to be interested, and of course they have to replace their top French full-back Bacary Sagna, as the free agent is thought to be joining Manchester City for a massive wage shortly.

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Mathieu Debuchy – could be leaving Newcastle

The news is that the French reporters – maybe trying to stir up trouble – asked him about a possible move from Newcastle to Arsenal this summer, and this is what he said at the Clairfontaine facility this morning:

“No, honestly, I did not hear about any talks over a possible transfers to table.” “For my part, I do not feel affected by it.” “I leave it to my agents to manage that and I remain focused on the World Cup.”

We suppose it would have been better if he had said something like  ¨I don’t know anything about it, and in any case I’m not interested because I’m very happy at Newcastle.¨

But he didn’t say that,  and it would not be a great surprise if either PSG or Arsenal come in for the player,  that he would want to leave Newcastle to join one of those clubs, who have huge ambitions – well at least compared to the current Newcastle United.

We cannot offer our players European football these days,  and we’ve had long periods where we have struggled mightily in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

In the eighteen months Debuchy has been at Newcastle,  he has become a much better player than he was at Lille, and that was also true with Yohan Cabaye, and both were first choices for their countries leading up to next month’s World Cup in Brazil.

But with Newcastle seemingly now a middle of the table club in the Premier League, we have become a stepping stone to bigger clubs for our very best players – there’s little doubt about that.

Unless and until we have more ambition to qualify for the Champions League every year, we will not be able to keep our best players at the club for more than a couple of years.

And that’s not good. 🙁

Debuchy has played 46 times for Newcastle with one goal, and he was one of our best players last season.

Comments welcome.

67 comments so far

  • expatmag

    May 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    I fully expect him to leave but as he still has a ;engthy contract, I would hope Ashley would tell that prick Wenger, 15 million, all up front, take it or leave it

  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I will be surprised if we see Debuchy next season, I think he is a knocking bet to replace Sagna at Arsenal, on the bright side that would leave us with only one top class player left, Tiote, so when it comes to selling our best players it won’t happen too often in the foreseeable future.

  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3


    if ashley still wants to remain as owner i expect him to keep us in the premier league myself and it’s why i say myself that pardew will not be allowed to continue performing like he has since january.

    the point i make about relegation into league 1 is going of the point spoof thinks will make ashley sell the club “not that i expect it to work”, if ashley became fed up with the protesting and bad image we give his sports direct. so if he then decides he will sell the club and leave he will just think to himself why not get the parachute payment and all the money from the players and then just sell us for a cheap amaount and leave us where we don’t want to be.

  • lesh

    May 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Here we go again……

    Will Ashley care about anything bar the money?

    Hey ho and down we go….. Weeeeeeeeeeeeesee kerthud!

  • pawl250

    May 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #5

    If it were me, I would buy 5 players and sell 4….


    Obertan – 1m – WASTE OF SPACE
    Ben Arfa – 5m – TROUBLE
    R Taylor – 500k – WASTE OF SPACE
    Marveuax – 1m – TROUBLE
    TOTAL 7.5m

    Siem De Jong – 7m
    Javier Hernandez – 9m
    Clement Grenier – 14m
    Georginio Wijnaldum – 9m
    Remy Cabella – 14m
    TOTAL 53m

    So you are talking 45m roughly to transform

    ————————- Krul ————————-
    Debuchy – Williamson – Coloccini – Dummett
    ——————- Tiote – Anita
    Sissoko ———— Shola ————- Gouffran
    ————————- Cisse

    Subs – Elliot, Mbiwa, STaylor, Sammy, Gosling, Armstrong, Luuk De Jong

    To THIS

    ———————– Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ————– Sissoko – Tiote
    Wijnaldum —— Grenier ——– Cabella
    ——————– Hernandez

    Subs – Elliot, Williamson, STaylor, Anita, S De Jong, Gouffran, Cisse

  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    We also are hearing this morning that Liverpool are mulling over a move for unsettled #NUFC defender Mathieu Debuchy. #LFC

  • expatmag

    May 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7


    Any demonstration would be ineffective unless propertly organised which appears highly unlikely.

    All these protest groups should get off their collective backsides and develop a coordinated approach and get downright NASTY

  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    We understand Newcastle are about £5m off the asking price from Montpellier for Remy Cabella, despite player being open to the move #NUFC

  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    Jordi Gomez meeting with Sunderland officials tomorrow.Deal could be done quickly with player #SAFC #WAFC

  • expatmag

    May 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #10


    Still in fantasy land I see

  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11


    I can see what your saying but I doubt that he would intentionally get us relegated out of spite, how much would he get if he sold all our top players today, we only have Debuchy and Tiote, Sissoko and Mbiwa could get a decent but not a huge fee so I don’t see that as a possibility, unless he is doing that now with a possible sale, but the clubs value in the Championship would be tiny compared to what it is now, if he was to sell it would be where the money is which is the PL, I just can’t see that happening.

  • pawl250

    May 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12


    Kets is in fantasy land!

    “Marevuax 11m”

    All of the players I mentioned would come to us.

    All the players leaving are realistic….

    I highly doubt those will be Pardew targets which is why I said MINE at the start….

    Its an opinion, nothing more!

  • KingNash

    May 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Let’s be fair, if Debuchy talks at length right now about potential transfers, he risks any bad WC performances being put down to ‘too focussed on his club life over country’ and not getting as many caps as he may have done.

    I don’t expect any player playing in the WC to say anything different right now.

  • expatmag

    May 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14


    I tend to disregard him as he seems a bit of a clown but can you honestly see Ashley forking out 28 million quid on 2 players?

  • KingNash

    May 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Also, Hernandez won’t come to us and Wijnaldium for 9million is overpaying for someone who isn’t all that good in the first place. Very very inconsistent.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

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  • expatmag

    May 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #17

    We are already 5 players down for next season on an already depleted squad with Shola, Gosling, Remy, De Jong and Cabaye (not replaced).

    You cannot say the returning loan kids are replacements as they all achieved very little and are not premiership schooled.

    As far as I can see, only Ryan Taylor coming back and maybe the new Spanish kid will boost squad numbers.

    We might see a couple of freebies, loans but that will be it.

    All this speculation about Grenier, Cabella etc is rubbish, in my opinion

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 29, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #18

    That was the key point I was making earlier on, but somehow it seemed to get lost amidst my other points, which then led down the path we went down. As I said, I don’t have answers, none of us no what would or wouldn’t definitely work. But priority 1 has to but unification and organisation among fans.

    I get your point re parachute payments, but they come over three seasons in decreasing amounts. Each amount pales into insignificance when compared with the TV revenue on offer, and loss of global brand exposure. I see it as the extreme scenario, but a very unlikely one.


    May 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #19

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Voodoo dolls

    we should get one of him and keep sticking pins in it until he either sells up or spends some cash.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #21

    *know, not no…. apologies

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #22

    The departure of Debuchy would see our last World class/ Excellent player leave. We are slowly devolving as a side. Bit by bit. Beyond depressing.

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    as much as I like Debuchy .. excellent player .. sell high and get serge aurier .. I know I’d be happy .. hope we are preparing for this eventuality .. still we need the creative players brought in ASAP..

  • AaranD

    May 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Doubt Debs will leave unless a Cabaye esq offer comes in. I think pushing Santon in font of Debs could well work given time. Both attack minded, but could cover each other due to being defensively soundish. Just a thought as Santon is half decent technically wise. Cabella from Montpellier and Stocker from Basel for £14 million and £7 million respectively, would fill out the CAM and left sided player. All that would leave is a striker, and for this specific type of team one in the mold of Lukaku would be perfect. A quick powerful striker but they don’t come cheap at all.

    ————————- Krul ————————-
    Debuchy – Yanga – Coloccini – Haidara
    ——————- Tiote – Sissoko
    Santon ———— Cabella ————Stocker
    ————————- UNKNOWN

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    expatmag .. I agree .. theres something strange about Cabella and Grenier .. usually the price is nearly worked on before bidding .. we bid in Jan for Christ sake ..maybe this is pointing to us changing targets , we’ll know by the end of the week, since if its not done and dusted by the weekend you’d be sure that we are moving onto different players.

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund .. have to say we do have other excellent players .. Tiote/ Collo (on his day)/ Cisse (when he gets his confidence back)/Sissoko .. any team bar the top 4 would want them players.

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Stocker from Basel would be a good shout .. don’t rule out a Spanish player .. there was talk of other agents meeting officials .. my guess is it was diego capel .. but its a guess.

  • toonking

    May 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    i think debuchy is going to leave our club.

    we have raylor back from injury
    dummett and hadaira are LB so santon can play RB
    tavernier returns from his loan spell at rotherham.
    so ashley sells debuchy and sees tavernier, santon and as the RB.

  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Hertha Berlin have already signed Valentin Stocker at 3 m £.

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Sazzer .. that’s the end of that 🙂

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #31

    also don’t rule out Filip Djuricic

  • awesome_fumaca

    May 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32

    AaranD – Stocker has already signed for Hertha Berlin. That went through a couple of weeks ago.

  • thejokethatisnufc

    May 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    The championship is were will be heading next season lads without a doubt in my mind.

  • Sazzer

    May 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Nothing strange about Grenier and Cabella deals yet. Both players have been involved with France WC preparations and Lyon and Montepellier wants to get as much money as possible and if there is more offers on the table the players will consider those.

    And then a lot of other transfer deals will depend on result from the deals for the top targets.

  • lesh

    May 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #35

    sazzer – no surprise that we’re about £5m off the asking price from Montpellier for Remy Csbella.

    Same scheidt, different window as ‘the line’ looms large!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Wonder what odds the bookies would give if we did not sign a first team player this summer.
    The lad from Tenerife I think will be one for the future.
    And people like to put their line up for the opening game next season
    heres mine:
    Colocini, Williamson, Taylor S, Santon
    Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Goufran
    Sammi, Armstrong

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Sazzer .. that’s the worry, as soon as the big spenders start spending the transfer merry go round happens .. and then theres a lot more teams able to spend ..still it looks like currently we are in the driving seat of Cabella but seeing as they are sorting it out this week .. if theres no positive news after this week I reckon he’s away elsewhere.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Fully expect Debuchy to be gone this summer tbh and fully expect it to be a rival PL team
    Liverpool have Johnson
    Manure have Rafeal
    Arsenal have nobody!
    Chelsea have Ivanovic

    Debuchy would hands down walk into a squad in front of any of those lads

  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #39


    what a side, were sure to be top 4 with that lot lol

  • sweendog

    May 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #40

    lesh .. there’s gotta be a compromise there .. 5 mill more than 8mill euro sounds nuts ..I can just picture that orange haired tw*ts face at Montpellier asking for 19mill..


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