Newcastle have been linked with Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, who has a contract at Monaco though the summer of 2019 and we have been interested in the player for the last six months.
Aymen Abdennour – Monaco center-back
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the other two Premier League clubs said to be interested in Aymen with interest also from PSG in France.
Abdennour’s agent was busy last month trying to shop his client around for a possible new deal – which would earn his agent Abdelkader Jilani some big money.
This is some of what Jilani said:
“Given the season that Aymen had, there is interest from all over the world. We have received calls from clubs and sporting directors, but for now nothing [has been decided].
“Clubs like Valencia, Newcastle, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Wolfsburg have called. We have received concrete offers from these teams, and they are really interested in Aymen.”
It’s true that Newcastle were interested in the player in late April, but at that time there was a French report that Newcastle approached the player.
But his agent Abdelkader Jilani quickly turned Newcastle down.
The main reason for that was the player only wants to leave Monaco to join a club that plays regularly in the Champions League, and you can hardly blame him for that.
Newcastle have never been in the Champions League since 2003 when the great Sir Bobby Robson was our manager, and even Tottenham have only a small chance of signing him, so Arsenal are definitely in the lead to sign him.
Aymen Abdennour signed on for Monaco only last summer, and he had an excellent first season at the Principality playing 26 times for the French club with one goal.
Monaco finished 3rd top of the French League on 71 points, and therefore qualify for the Champions League.
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