Newcastle transfer target Clement Grenier was missing from the Lyon training ground today, and there is speculation that his transfer may be under way – and hopefully underway to Newcastle United.
Clement Grenier – missing form Lyon training
We suppose it could be nothing that he is missing from training, but with the news that Newcastle had reportedly started negotiations for his transfer over the last couple of days, his absence may suggest that some progress is being made in the negotiations.
The news late last week was that Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas would let the play-maker leave this summer – but only if the transfer fee was a good one.
The report in le10sport.com says he is valued at only £7.5M – but we cannot see a deal being done at that low fee, given that we reported this morning that 23 year-old Antoine Griezmann seemed to be getting close to a move from Real Sociedad to Atletico Madrid for £24M.
And remember that Grenier was preferred to Griezmann in the initial French World Cup squad of 23.
Arsenal have also been linked with Grenier over the summer, but most reports over the last few days in France are that it’s Newcastle United who are trying to get a deal done.
Maybe with this news there is some hope that we can sign him – but surely we would have to pay a lot more than £7.5M for the playmaker.
One difficulty that Newcastle have faced is that Clement has said he only wants to join a club in the Champions League, but recently Alan Pardew has stated that Newcastle’s aim is to get into the Champions League – even though that will not be easy.
What do you think?
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