We reported last night that the deal to transfer Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal has been agreed, and that the announcement of the deal is imminent, and that news was continually reported on Sky Sports last night.
Daryl Janmaat – right back target
The deal is a good one for Newcastle, and it’s £10M up front and bonuses of up to £2.5M based on Debuchy’s first team appearances at the London club.
If Newcastle get the full £12.5M for Mathieu, it’s a profit for the club of £7M on the player – and he was only at Newcastle for 18 months.
And with the £20M we got for Cabaye in January, that’s a cool £30M in cash that Newcastle have to spend this summer from outgoing transfers, and we’ll not even mention the £79.5M we got from the Premier League in May – so there’s plenty of money in the coffers for new players.
That’s got to be the case.
Holland went out of the World Cup last night on penalties – and Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen didn’t really get close to any of the penalties – and went the wrong way for the first two – and Argentina won 4-2 on penalties as Vlaar and Sneijder missed their spot kicks.
It’s a pity our own Tim Krul wasn’t brought on again for the shoot-out but Holland had used their three substitutes.
With Holland now out of the World Cup we hope Newcastle will now go after Daryl Janmaat, who came on at half time last night and had a good second half showing.
Newcastle have also been linked with Monaco forward Emmanuel Riviere recently, although the fee of around £8M being mentioned seems high, and the other news yesterday was that Lee Charnley is leading a Newcastle delegation to France to try to tie up long term target Remy Cabella and other targets.
And with that news yesterday the Chronicle was also reporting there is a renewed optimism in the Newcastle camp as Newcastle are also going after two strikers.
And although no names were mentioned, we have to think Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is also a target with the delegation in France.
Newcastle need to move quickly because our first pre-season game is at Oldham on Tuesday night, and we really need to get as many new players in as soon as possible in pre-season.
Newcastle have already signed Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez this summer, and all three of them are good signings.
We hope Newcastle pass on that renewed optimism to Newcastle fans by announcing a few deals soon – very soon.
That would be just what the doctor ordered.
Howay The Lads!!
Written while on (a rather hectic last) vacation in England.