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.