There’s news from Spain today and it looks like Newcastle have finally reached an agreement to sign 26 year-old center-back Florian Lejeune from Eibar.
Here’s a tweet from Spain that basically says Lejeune will be going to Newcastle in the coming week as Eibar will also sign forward Samu Saiz.
— SER Dept Gipuzkoa (@SerDeportivosGI) June 18, 2017
26 year-old center-back Florian Lejeune
This is the translation of the above tweet:
NEWS | #Eibar will announce the signing of Samu Saiz this week. And Lejeune goes to Newcastle.
The Chronicle also have a good report out today on the current situation with Lejeune, as the deal has dragged on for some time now.
Apparently Newcastle wanted to do the deal with two payments for the fee, which is not usually the way the club does its transfer business, and Eibar refused that and wanted Newcastle to pay the full £8.7M release clause up front.
Newcastle have now agreed to pay the full amount this week and we have already agreed personal terms with the French center-back and the player will be doubling his wages at Newcastle.
The Chronicle are reporting that Eibar are to hold a press conference in the coming days to clarify the situation and we assume it will be to announce that Lejeune has signed on for Newcastle.
We hope it will be to announce that Lejeune has signed on for Newcastle.
Here’s what Eibar Sporting Director Fran Garagaza had to say on Lejeune:
“Lejeune’s situation is one of alarm. I’m not worried, but busy.” “We are calm, there are movements and to see if they occur.”
Italian powerhouse Roma were looking to come in and sign Florian and it looks as though that quickly forced Newcastle’s hand to pay in full and do the deal quickly this week.
And here is some information from El Diario Vasco – a Spanish morning daily newspaper based in San Sebastian – about the Lejeune situation, as reported in the Chronicle today:
“Newcastle have decided to reverse their position and everything indicates that in the coming days they will make the payment in full to prevent third parties from interfering in the operation.”
“It should not be forgotten that Roma, whose new sports director is the ex-president Monchi, also hinted interest in signing Lejeune, although the four million allegedly offered was rejected.”
“Newcastle persuaded the player very quickly, with an offer for four years that doubles the salary he perceives in Eibar.”
“But they have been much more reluctant to accept that they had to pay the release clause Eibar had asked for.”
“The days of Florian Lejeune as player of Eibar are numbered.”
“The club has done everything possible to try to convince the player to stay, but they cannot compete with the tantalizing offer of Newcastle.”
“Newcastle are now prepared to pay the 10 million euros clause in his contract in full, having tried to make a payment in two parts – something which the Barcelona club flatly refused.”
So it does look as though the deal will go through this week and he will be a great signing for us.
Let’s hope there are no more hitches and he is signed fairly quickly this week – it will be a huge breakthrough for Newcastle.