News that Lyon have turned down the latest offer from Newcastle United for Alexandre Lacazette, and it’s looking a bit like our attempts to sign Loic Remy – with Loic finally getting what he wanted and a four year deal with Chelsea, which was announced by the London club about an hour or so ago.
Alexandre Lacazette – not for sale from Lyon
Remy turned Newcastle down a day or two ago (and many other times this year), after we had gone in with another bid, but he would have known of Chelsea’s interest in him, if they let Fernando Torres go out on loan to AC Milan – which they did.
Get French Football News is reporting that Alexandre Lacazette is simply not for sale, and we assume Newcastle raised their bid in order to try to get Lyon to sell.
Lacazette has said he wants to stay at the club this season, but next summer he will have only one year left on his contract, and Lyon have been keen to tie him down to a longer term contract, even though he could still be sold next summer.
If the Frenchman has only one year left on his contract next summer his transfer price would tend to come down.
But it’s clear that Newcastle simply cannot compete with any of the top six clubs in England in terms of finances, and we also cannot offer players any European competition, so it’s a little sad how far the club has fallen in stature since Sir Bobby Robson was fired almost exactly ten years ago today.
In the last three years Bobby managed the club, we were definitely a top six club, and finished in 4th, 3rd and 5th positions in the Premier League in Bobby’s last three seasons in charge.
We have been in the top six only once since then.
Maybe Newcastle can now attempt to get Arsenal striker Joel Campbell in on loan or on a permanent deal before tomorrow night.
If we cannot get another striker through the door before 11:00 pm tomorrow night, it could be another long, hard and frustrating season for Newcastle fans – the third in a row – if yesterday’s performance is anything to go by. 🙁
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