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Newcastle Almost Certain To Lose Star Player In Summer

7:55 am, Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

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.



Tags: Contracts · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Ed…Debuchy is under contract so if he doesn’t have sone sort of clause he is going nowhere unless the fee is high enough!

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jul 1, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    I think the model of developing young players and selling them on for massive profits is a good one and works well for a number of clubs, Dortmund being a prime example.

    Clubs for whom it works though have really excellent managers, coaches and prolific scouting set-ups in South America etc.

    Until Ash addresses that then more Bigirimana and Abeids will fall by the wayside.

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    RH…to put it in one word we are just pathetic!

  • 4 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Simple answer ro all this speculation

    Arsene….25 million pounds nor a penny less

    Pochettino… 25 million quid not a penny less

    Anyone in for Shola…..25 quid and not a penny less

  • 5 lochinvar // Jul 1, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    French press via BBC suggest Arsenal as his destination. Considering he’s not for sale that’s rich. If French clubs won’t sell to us less we up our bids then I suggest that we do the same with the other French club L’Arsenal.
    £18m for Debuchy – take it or leave it. If they pay then at least we can buy some forwards with the money.

  • 6 jonnyshaw85 // Jul 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Prediction:
    - Debuchy gets sold
    - Alan Pardew – “Ryan Taylor will slot right in to the right back position, he’s like a new signing”!!!

  • 7 Lee Dodd // Jul 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Thank Gawd for Ryan Taylor !!!! and Gutierez !!! Just need 3 New Strikers !!!

  • 8 Sav // Jul 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    He’ll lose the benefit of all that juicy profit if his ignorance, arrogance and greed gets us relegated.
    Its your move, Mike.
    Place your bets….

  • 9 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    12 M is very small amount of money
    no way the pathetic board will sell for a fee like this
    at least 20 M !!!!!!!

  • 10 geordie abroad // Jul 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Debuchy to psg to continue his love affair with cabaye.
    I’d like to see us Get 12m and chantome, a Ready made cabaye replacement for him. Move santon to RB with RTaylor as back up. And there you have it, More money in the bank for the cockney!

    Love to see Lacazette & Grenier here but it’s more likely a smoke screen. We’ll be told their prices have went too high and we’ll end up with Bendtner & Michael Ngoo, Macheda & N’gog. All free, still young and shite…fits the boards criterion.




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