The Sun have just published an article that L’Equipe have reported of a Newcastle bid for Mainz forward Jean-Philippe Mateta. The issue is that the L’Equipe article they are sourcing is from June 9th and has already been widely reported.
In June, we did an article of Newcastle’s supposed bid of between €20-€25M for the excellent French striker. The Sun are now reporting on this old report from L’Equipe. The link they post in the article even brings up a June 9th article from Sports Witness about L’Equipe’s report.
While we think Jean-Philippe Mateta is definitely someone Newcastle should try to bring in as he is very talented, we are very skeptical that any bid has been lodged.
He was, in fact, reportedly keen on joining Newcastle last summer before joining Mainz for £9m where he had a decent first season in the Bundesliga.
This is what was said about Mateta last summer:
“Mateta is understood to be keen on making the move (to Newcastle), and Newcastle are keen, but as are a number of rivals – with the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Everton also expressing an interest.”
We find it hard to believe that Mike Ashley would sanction a high bid of the reported £35m it would take for Mainz to sell the striker after he was available for less than a third of that amount last summer.