There are reports in France coming from Foot Mercato that Newcastle have made a £12M bid for top Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, but Newcastle were reported to have approached his agent back in April and were turned away at that time, saying they were not interested.
Well at least that was the report.
Aymen Abdennour – 25 year-old 6’2″ Monaco center-back
The other thing that seems strange about this bid is that the player himself has made it clear he would only join a club that plays in the Champions League if he were to leave Monaco, which seems reasonable for the 33 times capped Tunisian International.
He’s only been at Monaco 18 months, and in January 2014, Abdennour joined Monaco from Toulouse on a loan deal, and last summer signed a four-year deal with Monaco, which was extended a year earlier this year.
There are a number of top clubs trailing the impressive player, who had a great season at Monaco last year.
His agents are Henry Hennig Sports and in late May and one of their reps had this to say about the clubs interested in him:
“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.”
“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.”
That was a good attempt to start a bidding war for their client.
We don’t think Newcastle have any chance of signing this player – even though he would be a great signing – because bigger clubs than Newcastle are very interested in signing him.
That’s if he should leave Monaco – who finished in 3rd place in the French league last year, behind Lyon and Champions PSG.
So if he stays at Monaco he will have Champions League football next season, but it’s interesting, if this report is true, that Newcastle may be the first club to put in a bid.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
What do you think?