Borussia Monchengladbach paid out big money for former Newcastle striker target Luuk de Jong two years ago, and he has simply failed to make the grade in the Bundesliga, and now the German club will attempt to recoup as much of the £12M they paid to FC Twente for him as possible.
Luuk de Jong – while at Newcastle
And that campaign has started with comments from Monchengladbach’s Sporting Director Max Eberl :
“There are people interested in Luuk.” “You cannot rule anything out.” “It is possible he begins with us on June 30 for pre-season training.”
“He will then work normally.” “If Luuk is superior in his preparation he will play again for Gladbach.” “We are talking about a player with great quality, it has also been shown in his first year here.”
“In Luuk we never throw in the towel.”
But one of the problems at the German club with Luuk is that current manager Lucien Favre has never rated the player since he arrived in Germany, and we always wondered if he was even consulted on the deal, before Luuk was signed.
It seems Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to get half the fee they paid out for the Dutch striker, but even £6M has scared off two top Dutch clubs PSV and Ajax, and of course Luuk didn’t do too well at St James’ Park on loan this season, and will not be signing him.
We’re sure Monchengladbach were hoping he would be a Newcastle player by now.
But we are in with a very decent chance to sign his 25 year-old brother and Ajax captain Siem de Jong, who could turn out to be a great singing for Newcastle.
We really hope Lee Charnley can get Siem through the door this summer, and we believe Newcastle were willing to bring both brothers to Tyneside this summer – but Luuk just didn’t take his chance this year – and that’s a bit of a pity really.
Written from the Grosvenor House Marriott, Park Lane – while on vacation in London, England.