It was always going to be difficult for Newcastle to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a number of reasons, and that has become even more difficult now with Liverpool now looking for a striker to replace Luis Suarez.
Alexandre Lacazette – £16M fee quoted by Lyon
One problem is that Alexandre has said he only wants to join a club who plays in the Champions League, and now Newcastle have been quoted a massive fee of £16M for the 23 year-old – and he’s not worth that much – even though he’s a very promising striker.
But that’s how much Lyon will hope to make with Liverpool now possible suitors for the player, and that’s because of the massive money – said to be around £75M – they will get for Suarez – the serial biter – when he signs on at Barcelona.
With three of our strikers leaving this summer, striker is a position we desperately need to fill – and even if we can get Riviere through the door, we still need two more strikers brought in.
But if the news is true on Lacazette’s fee – we cannot see the Lyon man being one of those strikers brought in.
Lee Charnley will now turn his attention to 24 year-old right back Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord, and 24 year-old Emmanuel Riviere of Monaco and try to get deals signed this week – for around £6M each.
But it’s also clear that the arrival of Remy Cabella at the club yesterday will cheer fans up just a little bit, and may even help to sell a few more season tickets.
Our first pre-season friendly game is tomorrow night at Oldham, and then the squad travels to New Zealand where we play a week tomorrow against Sydney FC, and then Wellington Phoenix four days later.
So it’s clear Newcastle must push ahead quickly and get four more players in before September rolls around – that’s the target.
Note: Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.