We have been led to believe via the reports about 26 year-old Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune that Newcastle are very close to signing the Frenchman for £8.7M and he’s highly rated with clubs like Arsenal and Spurs also said to be interested in signing the player.
But things seem to have gone very quiet over the last few days and today the Shields Gazette are reporting the Spanish club are waiting for Newcastle to contact them again about the player.
The reports have been that Newcastle are willing to invoke the £8.7M release clause in Florian’s contract at Eibar and that would seem a reasonable enough fee for the former Manchester City player, who had an excellent season in La Liga last term.
26 year-old Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune
Rafa Benitez knows he will have to strengthen the Newcastle defense from last season in the Championship when at times we seemed a little porous and we lacked experience in the backline.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark were the two first choice center-backs last season and both lads played well and both improved their games and they will be kept at Newcastle, with Rafa wanting to bring in two experienced center-backs.
One of them seems to be Florian Lejeune and today we have been linked with Manchester United and England International center-back Chris Smalling.
It’s expected if Rafa can bring in two new central defenders that Grant Hanley and Chancel Mbemba will both be sold.
So without knowing what exactly is going on behind the scenes, it’s difficult to know why Newcastle seem to be hesitating in making their final move to sign Florian Lejeune.
What do you think?