Abdelkader Jilani is the agent of Newcastle center-back target Aymen Abdennour, and he is doing his best to get as many clubs in Europe interested in his client as possible this summer, so there can be an auction – the fee goes up – and Jilani looks to get a huge pay-day for himself.
Sorry – I should have said he is looking to get a very good deal for his client.
Aymen Abdennour – lots of clubs interested.
Jilani’s latest pronouncements are to Italian site Calciomercato about a player Newcastle have supposed to bid around £12M for.
Here’s what he has said:
“Abdennour is one of the best defenders on the European stage and it’s only natural he is admired.”
“There were some proposals from England and Spain, while in Italy there were only enquiries – so no official offer on the table or negotiations in progress.”
“At the moment he has a contract with Monaco, so anyone who wants him must speak to the Principality club. They deserve respect.”
“What I can say right now is there is nothing concrete with Italian clubs – Italy is an option, but the right offer must come in.”
Here’s a classic case of an agent trying to drum up interest in his client.
There’s no doubt that Abdennour is a very good player and it’s good that Newcastle have bid for him – if that news is true.
He had an excellent first full season for Monaco last term – but he is also very ambitious – more ambitious than the present day Newcastle.
And he already has Champions League football at Monaco, and has said more than once that he will only join a club that has Champions League football.
Jilani says that a number of top clubs are interested in him including Barcelona, Arsenal (you came them) and also some top Italian clubs, but that he prefers to go to England or Spain.
So unless one of the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea or Arsenal come in for him, we suppose Newcastle sill have some chance of signing him, if he decides he wants to come to the Premier League.
But it has to be an outside chance at best for the 33 times capped Algerian International.
And we are assuming that Lee Charnley is working his socks off to get some good players into the club over the next week or so.
What do you think?