Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel was offered to Newcastle by his then club Ajax back in the summer of 2012, but Newcastle didn’t take up the offer, and at the time we were after Lille’s right back Mathieu Debuchy, who we eventually signed in the following January after a long drawn out negotiation with Lille.
Gregory van der Wiel – PSG right back
Newcastle have been linked with Gregory already over the last month or so, and he was dropped for the game at Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
PSG went on to draw with Chelsea 2-2 after extra time, and went through because they scored more away goals after the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Paris a couple of weeks ago.
The Dutch International was not happy with being dropped for that game, and he has this to say to NOS:
“The coach did not tell me anything about it” “This came to me as a big surprise, and it’s not the right way to drop a player.”
“It’s unusual to drop someone without explaining it, but apparently that’s the way things go here.”
“It’s a real shame that I did not feature from the start of the game, because these are the kinds of games you want to be part of.”
It’s unusual for any player to come out and criticize his coach, and maybe it points to the player possibly leaving PSG in the summer.
Newcastle have been linked with van der Weil over the last few weeks, and the only way that would make any sense is if Newcastle sell Daryl Janmaat in the summer, and need to bring in a replacement.
Daryl has done very well in his first season at Newcastle and some big clubs are said to be interested in the player – including Manchester United and his former Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.
We certainly don’t want to lose Janmaat this summer, and he seems happy enough at Newcastle, but if an offer of say £10M or higher comes in for him, Mike Ashley would probably think long and hard before turning that bid down.
Newcastle could make £5M on Daryl in twelve months and the seems to appeal to the Newcastle owner.
That’s the only way we think Newcastle would be interested in van der Weil – and quite honestly we hope it doesn’t happen and that Daryl is still with us come September.
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