Clement Grenier has asked to leave Lyon this summer, and since we still have to replace Yohan Cabaye with a recognized central midfield play-maker – that should interest Newcastle United.
Clement Grenier – up for sale at Lyon
Lyon manager Hubert Fournier has said the player was seeking a move from Lyon this summer, and this is what he has said in a news conference:
“We have already agreed with certain players they can leave if a good offer presents itself.” “For those who are allowed to leave, there is Clement Grenier, who asked to go at the end of the season, so he could find a club to make a progression in terms of footballing level.”
“We cannot talk about compensating for his potential departure.” “Due to his talent, we will not find somebody on the market to replace him because of our financial means. We will adapt appropriately if he leaves.
“For the moment, we have not had any satisfying offers. There have been propositions because he is a quality player who is wanted a lot around the world.” “However, they were not perceived to be adequate by the club.”
We had also mentioned earlier today the Lyon manager had said 20 year-old defender Samuel Umtiti had also asked to leave, and Newcastle could be interested in Samuel.
Newcastle have huge momentum at the moment in the transfer market, having signed six new players so far this summer, and three of them since last Sunday – with Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Daryl Janmaat having all signed along the dotted line, and all are delighted to come to the famous Tyneside club.
Newcastle were interested in 23 year-old Grenier last January when we tried to bring him to Newcastle, and he’s an excellent player who unfortunately had to withdraw from the French World Cup side because of a groin injury.
In late January this is what his agent Frederic Guerra told French outlet le10Sport:
‘It is not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but alongside Clement, we have agreed that he will remain at Lyon.”
“With just six months until the World Cup would a departure from his current club be a good idea? I do not think so at all.”
“Lyon are on their way back up and Clement does not want to leave when things are getting better. He does not want to abandon them mid-season.”
“The conditions of his departure would not have allowed Clement to flourish. He would have arrived at Newcastle, not as Clement Grenier, but as Yohan Cabaye’s replacement.”
“I have the utmost respect for the quality of Cabaye, who deserves everything that has happened to him, but is Clement really worth half of Yohan Cabaye?
“All these reasons led us to decline the offer of Newcastle, the conditions of the deal did not seem fair to me for Clement.”
Newcastle are thought to have bid close to €10M for Clement in January, after we sold Yohan to PSG for about £20M – so it remains to be seen if Newcastle will move in for Clement – now he’s officially available.
And having Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier in the Newcastle side next season would be simply fantastic.
If we do go after Clement and he arrives on Tyneside, I’ll have to talk to my doctor about my blood pressure – this good news about Newcastle is getting (very) hard to take.
They are even acting like an ambitious club this summer – what’s going on? 😀
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