Newcastle Almost Certain To Lose Star Player In Summer

There is news now almost every day, probably fueled by interviews being given in Brazil,  that Mathieu Debuchy will be allowed to leave Newcastle if a club comes in with a £12M bid for him.

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Mathieu Debuchy – will leave Newcastle this summer

Clubs said to interested in the top French right back – who had another very good game last night in France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria – include Arsenal, Roma and PSG.

And if France continue to do well in Brazil and Mathieu keeps playing like he’s been playing in the games so far, there could be other clubs coming in for the 24 times capped French International.

We paid around £6M for Mathieu from Lille a short 18 months ago, which seems to be about the time it takes for (very) good players on Tyneside to realize Newcastle do not share their level of ambition, and they itch for a move to a bigger and more  ambitious club.

And £12M for Debuchy will appeal to Mike Ashley, and he will look at that as a £6M profit in a short 18 months – and that’s good business and what football is all about after all.

Isn’t it?

It seems in Mike Ashley eyes success is when you get players in like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy and then sell them within a couple of years and make a (big) profit on them.

That’s why we buy players who will have good sell-on value – because we will be selling them once they improve.

With Cabaye, the profit was £16M over 30 months – with Demba Ba it was around £6M over 18 months – and with Mathieu it will be about the same – £6M profit over 18 months.

And you would even think Mike would quickly use the fees we get for the players – like the £20M we received from PSG for Cabaye, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

It’s difficult to see why Mathieu will not leave Newcastle in the summer, especially if he pushes for the move – like his pal Yohan Cabaye did last summer.

And don’t expect Ashley to quickly replace him with a top player, because top players cost money and it may take some time to negotiate the price down to a level Newcastle are willing to pay.

If Newcastle get £12M for Debuchy, Mike will probably want to spend a maximum of £4M on a replacement.

Notice I didn’t say what we can afford – because we all know there is significant money available at Newcastle – Mike just doesn’t want to spend it.

I don’t want to sound too negative here – but this seems to be the way things are done with Mike Ashley running Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Written from Winchester, England.