Newcastle have been linked before with Monaco center-back, Aymen Abdennour, but there were reports last month that he had turned down Newcastle’s bid, but his agent (he is represented by Henry Hennig Sports) today has told Foot Mercato that Tottenham and Newcastle are two of the clubs who have bid for the 6ft 2ins Tunisian International.
Aymen Abdennour – Monaco center-back
Aymen Abdennour’s agent (not named in the Foot Mercato report) has claimed that he has received offers from several clubs including Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur:
“There are clubs like Valencia, Newcastle, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Wolfsburg who have been calling. Yes we have concrete proposals from these clubs.” “They are really very interested in Aymen. They are looking to find out for how much? How? And this isn’t finished in my view.” (he hopes it isn’t finished)
“Bayern Munich has a big interest in him. Even the great Barca have an eye on Abdennour. “With their recruitment ban, they will play the recruits until January. Abdennour really fits into their plans for the future.”
“Even Juventus has a huge interest in a player like him. Suddenly, the other Italian clubs also grow their interest.”
This seems a classic case of an agent trying to drum up interest interest and start a bidding war for his client – otherwise why would he mention all the big clubs supposedly interested in his player.
Remember agents usually get a percentage of the deal, so if they can drive the transfer fee up – they get more money.
The 25 year-old Monaco center-back has played 33 times for Tunisia, and he has recently signed a new deal in March to stay at Monaco, for the next four years.
Abdennour has said he would only leave Monaco for a club that played in the Champions League – which Newcastle haven’t done since back when Sir Bobby Robson was the manager over ten years ago.
Arsenal and PSG were also credited with an interest in the powerful central defender.
Abdennour joined Monaco only last year from Toulouse, and he has so far played for Monaco 32 times with one goal, and he has had a great first season in Monaco, but the chances of Newcastle getting him to Tyneside are very low.
He’s been one of Monaco’s best players this season and he is looking for a bigger club if he does leave Monaco – but that is unlikely to be Newcastle United – unfortunately.
The fee mentioned is something north of £15M.