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Algerian International Left Back Is Available For Low Fee – Should Newcastle Join The Hunt?

Newcastle will be heavily linked with left backs this summer as it is a position in need of strengthening. Earlier this week, Stanley N’Soki’s name reemerged as a transfer target.

However, the club generally do a decent job keeping their targets well hidden.

Remy Bensebaini – Will leave Rennes this summer

A player who Newcastle have not been linked with but fits the profile of a Newcastle target is 24-year-old Rennes left back Remy Bensebaini.

Bensebaini is a versatile defender primarily deployed at left back. He can also be utilized as a central defender or even a defensive midfielder, a position he played a few games at in 2016.

The Algerian international (17 caps) has just one year remaining on his contract and was linked heavily with Everton last summer.

With only the one year remaining on his contract, he is expected to be sold this summer and has many clubs monitoring his situation.

His fee is said to be €8M which seems a bargain for this class of player.

A report in Marca says that he is being followed by some big European clubs with Real Betis, Sevilla, Hoffenheim, and Napoli all showing interest.

With teams of this stature showing interest, as well as the very strong link with Everton last summer, we wonder if this player is on Newcastle’s radar as well?

56 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #41

    Lindisfarne, Accounts are a snapshot in time and are usually at least a year out of date, but by comparing year on year you can usually build up a picture of what is happening behind the scenes as a leopard rarely changes their spots (ie the accountancy rules they use are broadly the same).

  • Lindisfarne

    May 17, 2019 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #42


    Article on ManU but good read.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 17, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #43


    And usually the rule is, do as much as possible off the books!

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #44

    Lindisfarne, this is a telling para on the link you gave:-

    Privately, it is emphasised that the vast commercial operation, which on its own has generated £208m in the nine months to 31 March, exists to service Old Trafford’s footballing arm – not to generate profits for the Glazer family, who own the club, and pay the salaries of Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold, its two most senior executives.

    Firstly is the commercial turnover of 20x what we make, and secondly it’s used to pay for the footballing – transfers and salaries of the players. That’s something ashLIE will never understand. We should be hitting between a third (minimum) and half of the £208m, so between £70 and £100m on commercial alone. But, for numerous reasons, not least being the refusal for sd to pay it’s way, we don’t.

  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #45

    Ronaldo and NY Mag
    Thanks for the links to Swiss Ramble’s accounts analysis and comments or warnings about their approach or possible bias.

    I apologize that I posed the question to NY and shortly afterward had to stop reading the blog as something came up that I had to attend to this evening (here). Glad that Nicky stepped in and posed a good question. Mainly I wanted to know if the books looked fishy in any way, such as the inclusion of onerous accounts write-offs or things such as inflated wage figures, etc.

    The Swiss Ramble material was very interesting. NY I would be interested in hearing more of your comments re: Swiss Ramble’s shading of the facts or in which ways they present misleading spin on those facts in order to support their agenda or perspective.

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #46

    Tonight Charlton should go past Doncaster .
    to meet the Mackems at Wembley
    During the season Charlton could only manage a draw
    at home and a defeat on Wearyside
    It’s now looking good for the scum.
    Mind they’ll have to spend a few bob to survive the Champo
    and apparently Stewart Donald makes Mike Ashley look like
    a freespender…he saved Eastleigh FC £500 a season by making
    players pay for their own bottles of water.

  • lochinvar

    May 17, 2019 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #47

    Now Mr. Ashley here’s your starter for ten.
    Spell “potential”

    The potential of Newcastle United on the global stage has been recognised after it entered the top 20 of the world’s most valuable football brands in a new study.

    The annual report by industry experts Brand Finance sees the club rising to 19th in its Brand Finance Football 50 table, up three places from last year after a 13% rise in its brand value to £220m.

    Unlike other studies of football finance, the Brand Finance study looks beyond simple revenues and assesses factors that include squad value, whether teams own their stadiums, global reach and club heritage.

    Newcastle’s rating makes it the eighth most valuable brand in England, behind the ‘Top Six’ of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal, as well as Everton.

    The club is also one of only three UK teams to make it into the European top 10 for having a rich heritage and history, taking a place alongside the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 17, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #48


    The very same paragraph jumped at me, plus the number of roles employed and the overall lack of practicle direction. What could Rafa do with £200m?!

  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #49

    Such an important point about Ashley being blind to Newcastle’s potential. Unfortunately he spells “potential” the following way: “exploit”

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #50

    Some muddled thinking by posters I normally respect.
    No matter how much it sticks in your craws and however
    unpalatable to acknowledge – the “brand” value has increased
    during Ashley’s tenure .
    Cue the green one

  • Lindisfarne

    May 17, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #51

    Was brand value calculated during the time of the Entertainers?
    And when we were playing in Europe would we not have been higher than 19th?

  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #52

    Hiya Jib!

    It’s never Ashley’s fault!


  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #53

    Ha ha ha

  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #54

    If the brand value of NUFC has increased during Ashley’s tenure it has nothing to do with his ownership! Correlation does not equate to causality: Ashley owns the club and during that time the “brand value” may have increased. But he did not cause it to increase,

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #56

    The article infers the biggest factor in it’s increase is Rafa
    That could be why they’re meeting for the second day in London


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