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Newcastle Get Bogged Down Again – Now This Deal Is Off

The club where goalkeeper Matz Sels spent last season on loan – Anderlecht – have said they no longer want to buy him permanently because he is too expensive.

If we are to believe the reports from Belgium Anderlecht offered £1.75M for Sels, but Newcastle wanted £2.25M, so the deal did not go through.

But that’s also a problem for Newcastle because Rafa has to get players off the wage bill this summer to allow new high earning players to come in.

Matz Sels – transfer in a stalemate

Sels is not happy the two clubs couldn’t agree on a fee, and he questioned why Anderlecht were not more aggressive in trying to sign him.

Anderlecht Managing Director Luc Devore had this to say to Voetbalkrant:

“If more than 10 new players have to be added, we cannot spend too much on one player”

“The financial picture for the Sels transfer became too big, so Boeckx and Didillon will compete for the spot in goal.”

Thomas Didillon is one of nine acquisitions so far for the Belgium club and the 22-year-old goalkeeper was signed from French club Metz.

Anderlecht would possibly still be interested in signing the player but only if Newcastle reduce their asking price for him.

Newcastle are not in a particularly good negotiating position and maybe £2M would seem to be a price both clubs could agree on?

Otherwise, this potential deal will go the way of many others – and nothing will happen for weeks or even months, although the window closes on August 9th this year.

Sometimes you just have to make a deal so that other things can get done and Newcastle can make some progress.

Otherwise, things tend to get bogged down – and we’ve seen that too many times at Newcastle with Mike Ashley as owner.

It’s good to be financially thrifty but you can also take it too far such that not much gets done.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Mister Tuff, yep fair enough, but time will tell. I think the Tunisia game was difficult in the 2nd half – they switched to a back 3 which left little space for our players to run into but also completely destryed any chance they had of posing a threat to our goal.

    In short, they played for the draw.

    Panama may do the same, but as we progress through the rounds, other teams will show more ambition which should allow our creative players room to manoeuvre.

    In theory, the players are in place to do well. Certainly, I haven’t yet seen any team to fear as being significantly better than us. Lots of mediocrity so far, particularly in the Refereeing department

  • lesh

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    You guys knocking Jib and questioning his claims are being most unfair.
    If he says he’s been to university then he’s been to university.

    Some families are blessed with natural talent and most have long-standing connections with higher education establishments and continue to contribute to their work and research being admired by many undergraduate and post-graduate students.

    Jib and his forebears have long established links with Newcastle University and in particular, its Medical school where many of his relatives are admired – they’re in bottles!

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3


    Jib in his student days.
    If he did indeed graduate and go on to lecture in Modern European history then he deserves credit as there was no Google in those days. I think Jib is a genius and is not given enough respect on here.

  • lesh

    Jun 22, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4


    Check the date on that photo of Jiblets, it was taken just last week!


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