We just have to hope this news is true that Newcastle want to sign Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, who we have been after all summer, and this player would be a tremendous signing for Newcastle, and would help shore up the Newcastle defense, which still seems to be our major weakness.
Aymen Abdennour – top class center-back
There’s a report today in La Provence saying that once Newcastle tie up long term target Florian Thauvin, who we appear to be buying for £12M and are throwing in Remy Cabella on loan for the season – Newcastle will then try to sign the big Tunisian International.
Some big clubs have been linked with Abdennour this summer, but the good news is that he has already indicated he would like to join Newcastle, and we were supposed to have already bid £12M for the center-back.
In early July his agent Abdelkader Jilani had said a number of clubs were interested in his client:
“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.”
Obviously his agent is trying to play up interest there, but he had an excellent first full season for Monaco last term – and he is also very ambitious.
Abdennour already has Champions League football at Monaco, and has said more than once that he would only join a club that has Champions League football.
We heard that same statement from Aleksandar Mitrovic, who joined Newcastle last month.
The 25 year-old 6ft 2ins center-back was at Toulouse for three years before he signed on at Monaco in January of last year – initially on a loan deal – before he was transferred permanently to Monaco.
The 33 times capped Tunisian International has attracted the interest of some top clubs in Europe this summer, and if Newcastle can sign this defender he would be a tremendous signing for the club.
He would most certainly make the Newcastle defense a lot stronger than it is today, and he’s also a good header of the ball, excellent in the tackle and a very good all around central defender.
We’d be surprised if Newcastle can pull this one off, but if we can he will strengthen the Newcastle defense, which has got to be good news.
The defender will probably cost at least £15M, so that would bring Newcastle’s spending this summer – if we get Thauvin in for £12M – to close to £60M.
Just think if we then sign Charlie Austin, we could raise the spending this summer to over £70M – which would be amazing to say the least.