Newcastle Now Leading The Race To Sign Alassane Pléa


The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle’s offer for Alassane Pléa was around £20M – about £5M more than reported in the Times.

That’s the amount Borussia Mönchengladbach also bid, but the German club are not willing to bid any higher and have removed themselves from the negotiations.

Nice want €30M for Plea and that’s about £26.4M with today’s exchange rate so Newcastle are not a million miles away with the fee.

If accepted it would be a new record transfer fee for Newcastle.

Alassane Pléa – Newcastle close on the transfer fee

If both clubs split the difference, we could maybe get him for £23.2M

And we also understand Newcastle are willing to pay the fee up front in cash – so if that’s true then it has to be something Nice must consider seriously.

The Magpies could get a favorable fee given we are paying cash up front and not over a number of years as most clubs do.

One complication is that Lyon have a sell-on clause in his Nice contract of 20% and that means any profit Nice make on the deal – then 20% goes to Lyon.

But Lyon may also push Nice to take the offer because they will get 20% of the profit immediately.

If Lyon received say £3.2M for him back in 2014 (to make it easy as an example), they would be due £4M in cash from the deal – if the fee is £23.2M.

The player’s agent Carlo Volpi has said other clubs are still involved in the negotiations.

But with the player reportedly anxious to join Newcastle we could (must?) be in the driver’s seat for his signature.

Hope So.

Comments welcome.


177 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Ooohhh Edd what to believe.News outlets in Germany saying Borussia are close to the signing of the kid

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    I feel he wants to play for Rafa in the EPL. It would be a massive statement of intent for the club and we are gonna get 20 mil for Mitro and 7 for Mbemba! Money no object! C’mon!

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #3
  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #4

    BTW jazzy
    It’s Borussia Moenchengladbach
    Not
    Dortmund

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Haha Haha #4

    What a tw&t

    6
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if £10m for merino is upfront. I thought release clauses meant it was but apparently when we sold Townsend to palace, the £13m release fee was in instalments.

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #7

    ronaldo Aarons
    Nope
    Townsend’s release clause was a Relegation
    release clause

    CP paid up front with an allowance for Dwight Gayle

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib
    A release clause is a release clause. Back in Jan there were lots of reports knocking about that palace paid in instalments and was unrelated to Gayle signing.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry, not this Jan just gone. Meant last January in 2017.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #10

    A release clause is a release clause
    Not true
    but never mind
    one vendetta with a blogger a day is enough

    3
  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Gayle and Townsends transfers were in July 2016

    1
  • Offkey

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #12

    A release clause is just a release clause, it just depends on the wording of said clause whether it has to be paid up front or in instalments

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmm. I’m pretty sure under GDPR you aren’t allowed to leverage personal data to “qualify” for a gift. So I don’t think Mike will have a huge mailshot list after all.

    1
  • Offkey

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Otherwise we could activate release clauses by paying a penny a week for x amount of years

    1
  • Tsunki

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Could be wrong, but after all the hoops we’ve had to jump through to comply with it I get the impression you have to have specific and uncoerced permission to keep data of any sort.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 5, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    No vendetta from me lol.
    Just saying release clauses are the same, relegation one only comes into effect in the event of relegation.

    Yeah gayles and Townsend transfers were summer 2016 but in Jan on champ season we were looking at getting Townsend. That’s where all the reports of Townsend being sold in instalments came from. First time I came across that. Think it’s starting to become common practice now as I’ve seen it mentioned for a few transfers now as a result of release fees.

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki
    Yeah you’re probs right

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s all hypothetical the turnips will more
    than likely “do” us

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #19

    I think the WC cup will go to the winner
    of Belgium vs Brazil

    2
  • toonincheek

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20

    A release clause is a release clause. Sorry to
    state the blindingly obvious but it seems some
    think otherwise.
    Unless there is a specific provision as to how the
    amount would be paiud, it’s up to the clubs to agree.

    What worries me is MA’s role in transfers.
    I can see him accepting any Merino money over a
    period of years but paying for new signings up front.
    Thereby he limits Rafa’s available money whilst still
    maintaining the “every penny the Club generates”
    principle.

    Seems he has already done that by putting future
    commitments into last year’s accounts, so showing
    a much larger financial commitment than is relevant
    to that year.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21

    I also have the overwhelming feeling our bogey team will grind out a horrible draw and beat us on penalties. We will probably end up having someone sent off as well. Just a cheery thought 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Could it be that Borrusia M are also trying to sell STs or trying to pacify its fans with talk of Plea?

    Just a thought and we must wait and see.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Just been on the radio that Mike – you know which won has bought outright the Three Lions logo “World Cup Winners 2018” and is going to give them away free to all and sundry . Remains to be seen where the Sports Direct logo will be added and what limit he puts on the free quantity but hey the guy does like a gamble.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m optimistic SD will have another great year of free advertising courtesy of NUFC and all the fans favourite fairy godmother Mr Mike Ashley.

    Woop woop, cheers Mike.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Merino is history. Deal done apparently. £10n.
    Charnley please check the small print next time.

    2
  • dig-n-dig22

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Ashley’s a dab hand at the transfer game, make a club an offer they can/will refuse. just get them there seats filled with bums,

    2
  • lesh

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Whoops

    Meant to say Despite events in Wiltshire…….

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  • lesh

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh dear, sorry Ed, the Putin link seems to have upset the blog’s layout.

    0
  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib

    Never said it Was Dortmund

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Jazzy

    Doesn’t matter pal, he never misses a opportunity to correct someone, especially when he’s wrong!

    Two wrongs make a jib

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #33

    OP

    You don’t have to tell me mate. I have had to put up with his crap for the last year now and to be honest I found it quite refreshing someone give him his own medicine for a change…Thumbs up sir

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #34
  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Never mind the footy, we are financially strong! (If you don’t count the loan to Mike Ashole that is).

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #36

    The Chronicle
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    Verified account

    @ChronicleNUFC
    Follow
    Follow @ChronicleNUFC

    More
    New reports from France claim Alassane Plea is moving closer to a move to Germany.

    @lee_ryder has checked them out and says no deal finalised yet. Latest:

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Do anyone know anything about this player?

    At 25 and never played abroad before. Is he the right kind of player. Is he strong enough mentally for this challenge?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #38

    We will win the Accountants’ Cup this season! Huzzah!!!

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  • Jib

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #39

    jazzy man
    I wasn’t correcting you
    just pointing out it was the inferior
    Borussia.
    This blog is starting to get stunk out
    by The Mag tossers

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 5, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #40

    And a penny saved is a penny stolen from the club. Very good old saying that…

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