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?