Newcastle were after Tunisian International center-back Aymen Abdennour two years ago, but quite honestly at that time we were struggling in the Premier League with John Carver having just been fired and we were in no position to offer a decent deal to the then 25 year-old.
How things have changed in the last 16 months since the great Rafa Benitez arrived at our club right out of the blue on March 11th last year (how did we get him???) and a new era began at the club.
And possibly one of the most successful eras in our long and proud 125 year history – that’s the real hope of our fans in any case.
27 year-old Tunisian International center-back Aymen Abdennour
Newcastle are now an attraction in England for some top players and that will only increase as we expect Rafa to go all out to finish as high up in the Premier League as possible this coming season and he is now after some very good players this summer with the help of Lee Charnley.
The news on Aymen Abdennour is that Everton are also after the player and have reportedly put in a bid of £13M for the 54 times capped Tunisian International defender who is now said to be available from Valencia.
The Spanish sports newspaper AS are reporting the two Premier League clubs will likely have to battle French sides Lyon and Marseille to secure the center back’s signature.
Rafa has other center-backs he is also pursuing, with 26 year-old Frenchman Florian Lejeune expected to join the club – hopefully in the next few days – and the Newcastle manager also seems impressed with 22 year-old Croatian center-back Jozo Simunovic, who had a very good season for Celtic last term..
Rafa could turn this lad into a very good player in a couple of years and he could be a really good buy for us at only £8M and if we were to hazard a guess we’d say Rafa could well prefer the £8M 9 times capped Croatian U21 International to £13M Aymen Abdennour.
Newcastle will keep captain Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark at the club, after both did well last season at the heart of the Newcastle defense, but if Rafa is able to bring in two center-backs we could also see former Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba sold this summer.
What do you think?