Rafa Benitez Identifies New French Center-Back Target

There’s news in the Northern Echo that Rafa Benitez has identified 26 year-old Frenchman Florian Lejeune and former Manchester City player as a possible summer transfer target for Newcastle.

The defender now plays for Spanish side Eibar whom he joined last summer after being sent out on loan for the previous season by Manchester City to Girona FC who play in the Spanish second division.

The Paris born player has played two full seasons the last two years making 40 appearances with 5 goals for Girona and last term he played 37 times for Eibar with one goal.

26 year-old French center-back Florian Lejeune

The defender who usually plays at center-back but can also play in midfield is said to be valued at around £8.7M by Eibar, even though they paid only £1.2M for him from City a year ago.

Well – it’s good money if you can get it.

Lejeune joined Manchester City in 2015 from Girona but was sent out on loan back to his former club for the season and didn’t make one appearance for the Manchester City first team.

We wonder what the thinking at City was behind that signing?

By our records this is the first time we have been linked with this player as Rafa Benitez spreads the net far and wide to get the right players into the club this summer.

In March of this year Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was linked with wanting this player in the summer and Tottenham are also said to be interested.

What do you think?

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