As we saw yesterday with Remy Cabella, it’s always very difficult in these transfer windows to know which reports are accurate and which reports are not – and in one day there were reports that the £6.5M bid for the Montpellier winger from Newcastle had been accepted, and then news that it had been turned down, and in fact Montpellier wanted twice that amount for their star winger.
Clement Grenier – Roma in for the play-maker
So the news that Roma have bid £10M for one of other top targets Clement Grenier of Lyon should be taken cautiously – it that’s the right word.
There was news yesterday from the Clairfontaine training facility from the player himself, who was asked about all the interest in him, and this is what he had to say:
“My agent knows I love being close to the information that is circulating around me so I am able to make sense of things.”
“I do not know what Lyon want to do with me. Whether they want me to stay or go. I am still under contract at Lyon for the moment.”
“The departure of Garde really touched me. We made ??progress and moved forward. So it was unfortunate to see him go.”
It must be difficult for the players participating in the World Cup to hear all these rumors about who’s submitting bids for them, and that reference to Garde is that the manager Remi Garde, who had been at Lyon since 2011 when he replaced Claude Puel, is leaving the club.
Garde’s contract was up in the summer, and he has decided to leave Lyon and move on, and he announced that decision about two weeks ago.
As far as Newcastle are concerned if it’s true that for Lille manager Rudi Garcia of Roma has bid £10M for Grenier, that’s not good news, and of course they will be able to offer Grenier Champions League football as they finished second in the Serie A to Juventus last season.
The problem Newcastle have these days is once a top club comes in for one of our targets, we are immediately put into a weak negotiating position , since we are now a middle of the Premier League side.
And it’s not only that we cannot offer our targets European football, it’s worse than that, we don’t even have ambitions for the club to get into the Champions League.
That’s the real problem we have in the these transfer windows, our lack of ambition is beginning to hurt us big time.