The big news today – so far – is that Newcastle have triggered the release clause of £8.7M for 26 year-old Eibar center-half Florian Lejeune.
Lejeune is one of the center-backs we have been linked with recently, but it looks like Rafa Benitez has now decided Florian is one of the center-backs he wants at Newcastle this summer.
And if we are to believe the news from Portugal over the last few days, Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Semedo looks to be the other center-back Rafa has gone for – the 23 year-old is now valued at about £12.1M by the Lisbon club.
Good close-up shot of 6ft 3ins tall Florian Lejeune
Here are some reactions to the news on Twitter:.
were linked with this player last week and he is a big strong player at 6ft 3ins and was released only last summer by Manchester City, but had an excellent first season in Spain and attracted some top clubs.
The People are reporting today that Newcastle have agreed a fee of £8.7M for Eibar center-half Florian Lejeune, after triggering the release clause in his contract at the Spanish club.
Previous reports had said that Eibar valued their player at £8.7M – now we know why.
Florian Lejeune looks a bit like Toby Alderweireld. If he plays anything like him we’ll have a top defender on our hands! ? #NUFC
— Jamie Pyle (@J90Pyl) June 4, 2017
— Jay Holz (@JayHolz1) June 4, 2017
Close to signing florian lejeune from eider according to lee ryder, 2 new cb if him n semedo sign #NUFC
— DavyBaty81 (@david_baty) June 3, 2017
Another day another player linked to #NUFC this time Florian Lejeune of Eibar has a £8.7M release clause.
— Steven Johnson ???? (@GeordieLad10) June 1, 2017
— Toon Tom (@youmeandnufc) June 4, 2017
Gibbs and Lejeune today then….#NUFC
— Toon In Toon Out (@toonintoonout) June 4, 2017
— Transfer Agent (@Transferpro) June 1, 2017
— footballsource (@footballsource_) June 4, 2017