Wednesday’s report in French outlet L’Equipe had Newcastle United bidding €25M yesterday for long-term target Alexandre Lacazette and fans were hoping the report was true – but that was still a huge fee for the 24 year-old French International striker, who is after all still untested at the highest level.
Once the reports staredt to come out PA Sport said there was in fact no bid and that Newcastle were bemused by the report.
Alexandre Lacazette – in France’s colors
But there is a little more to the story with French radio station RMC supporting the L’Equipe story but adding that Alexandre wasn’t too keen to move half way through the season, because of the Euro 2-016 Championships to be held in France in June – and he wants to make the French squad.
Then French outlet 20 minutes then reported they had contacted the footballer’s family to try to get a reaction to the story.
They reported that a close source had said the following to them:
“A departure is not on the agenda. We actually know that Newcastle are interested in Alexandre but it’s not possible for him to leave now.”
And to finish the Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has this to say about the speculation:
“I am confident that he will return to his highest level and I have a feeling he will be the first goalscorer in the new stadium.“
“He will be here for some time because Lyon cannot do without players of his ability.”
The European leagues will realize that with the huge money available in the Premier League – not only will the top players want to play in England but the PL clubs will be able to bid big money for their players – in terms of both fees and wages – and it will be hard to turn down the money in lots of cases.
All we are hoping for is that after one of the worst years in Newcastle’s long history – largely caused by the incompetence from those running the club at the top – we will still be able to remain in the Premier League and begin to finally build a really good side – and that starts this month.
And that Newcastle do not sink into even further obscurity while clubs like Crystal Palace, Leicester and Watford are thriving way above us in the league.
It’s just nowhere near good enough for a club with the great history and significant stature of Newcastle United.