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Newcastle Approach Barcelona Over Availability of French International – Report



Soon after Newcastle’s takeover was confirmed last Thursday links to sensational transfer targets began to emerge. Almost right out of the gate, Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho was again touted as one of the consortium’s preferred targets

The 29-year-old playmaker was heavily linked last year before the takeover’s seeming demise in July 2020. The abrupt completion of the sale last week has the former Liverpool midfielder back on the radar for a potential move in January.


The Brazilian is not the only Barcelona player linked with a winter move to Tyneside. The Sun is citing a report from Spanish outlet Sport that central defender Clement Lenglet has emerged as a January target as well. According to the report, Newcastle have asked about the Frenchman’s availability.

The 26-year-old has seen his playing time slashed at Camp Nou with just over 90 minutes of football played this season. The arrival of former Manchester City center-back Eric Garcia as a free agent has seen Lenglet drop down the pecking order. Garcia has become the preferred choice to partner with Spanish international Gerard Pique.

Even when the 20-year-old is unavailable, he’s had a straight red and double booking already this season, Ronald Araújo has been selected over Lenglet. The French international has become 4th choice after making 29 La Liga starts last season.

Lenglet joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2018 for £31.7m. He’s since made 137 appearances for the club while becoming a full French international (14 caps). Last October, he signed a new six-year contract to 2026 which has a £255m release clause.

While that may seem like a massive obstacle to the defender coming to St. James’ Park, Barcelona recently revealed they were in debt to the tune of £1.15bn. So they could be willing to work out a deal for a player who is currently wasting away on their bench.


61 comments so far

  • Pottsclock

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #1

    @niafron “Vive La Toon”

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  • DaraghL

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Does this mean we won’t be signing Hamza Choudhry 🙁

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  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    @Mc toon and the others…

    Ok, no need to translate, they said absolutely nothing except ” according to our informations, the magpies are in touch with the acquaintances ( l’entourage ) of Wesley Fofana.”

    The remaining are public informations.

    THe word “entourage” is pretty vague, could be his inner circle… or not.

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #5

    My sources tell me in January we’ll sign:

    Lingard – £15m
    Tarkowski – £10m
    Kamara – £15m
    Tagliafico – £10m

    Harry Kane – £150m

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  • DaraghL

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Finding it very hard to believe any of the transfer speculation. I suspect journalists are sat there with a game of boggle trying to spell out players to link us with….don’t expect Aubameyang in the news anytime soon.

    Will be interesting to see who is truly lined up. I must say of all the players ‘linked’ Chiesa is by far the most alluring. Young, exciting and world class, him and ASM would be worth the ticket price alone.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    niafron good afternoon my friend ,
    always such valuable information from you merci beaucoup,

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  • mctoon

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes, I second that .. merci niafron

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    We had better not get Adrea Villa-Boas he’s bloody useless. I’ve had multiple Spurs fans complaining at how terrible a manager he is. That football director Henrique we’re linked with wants to work with Villa-Boas again. I hope we get neither.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Starting to look very much like they are keeping Bruce on for a few games isn’t it. The mind boggles 🙁

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  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    They say:

    “Selon nos informations, les Magpies sont entrés en contact avec l’entourage de Wesley Fofana. Le défenseur de 20 ans, courtisé par le Real Madrid l’été dernier, devient une piste prioritaire des nouveaux propriétaires saoudiens.

    According to our informations, the magpies are in touch with the acquaintances of Wesley Fofana. The 20 years old defensive player, courted by the Real Madrid last summer, become a top target for the new saudi owners.

    “Désireux de taper un grand coup pendant les prochaines fenêtres de transfert, le fonds d’Investissement public (PIF) d’Arabie Saoudite a fait savoir à Leicester qu’une offre concrète pourrait arriver dans les prochaines semaines, une fois le joueur revenu de blessure. ”

    Wishing to hit hard during the next transfer windows, the PIF from Saudi Arabia informed Leicester a concrete offer could arrive in the next weeks, after the player came back from his injury.

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  • Pottsclock

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    To suggest that we have been contacting clubs about player availability would imply that we don’t want the new manager or the pending DoF to sanction these signings. For me, that’s horse putting the cart before.

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  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    I think this is solid. RMC is the media of reference about sports ( and especialy Football ) in France.

    Sure, it’s just a first contact, doesn’t mean he will come. At least, this give an idea of what the new owners are looking for.

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s hogwash.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #15

    For me I think more than anyone a realistic but unreal signing would be Zaha. Could you just imagine him onnthe right and St Maximin on the left omfggggggg. And its completely reasonable to suggest we get him. For me there’s your marquee signing right there.

    For midfield get Aouar, and defence get Tarkowski.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Maybe they contacted Leicester about Fofana as way to open discussions with Rodgers. 😉

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    In all likelihood, a claim like that is probably instigated by the agent of the player.

    Been out for a while injured, let’s link him with the biggest story of the moment in a bid to keep his profile up.

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    All kinds of agent shenanigans goes on now.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Can we not bring up Rodgers, he screams mediocrity. There’s something about him I never liked.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Scattergun approach.

    Nothing to see here, move along..

    Until a DOF is in place I’m extremely skeptical of any players or managers touted.

    Until we get a DOF in any managerial appointment is likely to be temporary.

    It’s cheap clicks, nothing more.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ll cry if they keep Bruce on in the interim and one of the other managers like Nuno or Oli get fired first. I’ll loose my big pay off from betting for Bruce to be sacked.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I find Lampard and Gerrard being linked as ridiculous.

    Neither have done anything to even put them in the running for the job.

    They’ve practically zero experience between them.

    I don’t really understand why the link or why anyone would think either is a good idea.

    I’d be gutted to get either even.

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  • niafron

    Oct 12, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    @Sholashow

    Yes, it’s always the risk with such informations. But as i said, RMC is the reference, they got a reputation to defend, they perfectly know how it work and they generaly check their informations with several sources.

    So i think there’s really more than propaganda from an agent.

    @cleveleysbob

    I didn’t transltate that part cause i first found it irrelevant, but the article also say this:

    “Si le joueur a toujours mis en avant son attachement aux Foxes et son entraîneur Brendan Rodgers, les prochains mois risquent d’être mouvementés autour du défenseur français.”

    If the player always showcased his attachment to the foxes AND BRENDAN RODGERS, the next months could be tumultuous around the french defensive player.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Not sure I want Kane and his stroppy attitude.

    Guess being picky comes when we’re top dog.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Catchy,
    Back when Bruce had luckily finished his first season on 40 something points, your argument was the table doesn’t lie and he was therefore as good as the previous manager. You completely dismissed anyone pointing out the numerous lucky wins Bruce got, even when our players themselves used phrases like ‘daylight robbery’ to describe our wins.

    Yet now, you are saying ‘credit where credit’s due’ to Bruce who is on 3 points from 7.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #26

    We deserved to lose no question against Man Utd, West Ham, Southampton. We deserved to get a draw when Jones visibly changed tactics against Leeds (although Leeds were slightly better). Next game we kept Jones 433 tactics and deserved to win. Villa were a shadow of their usual self but were still unquestionably the better team, as were Wolves.

    So we deserve 3-4 pts. And that is purely down to Jones switching to his hallmark 433 formation during Leeds and Watford. Aside from Jones’ ‘intervention’, Bruce hasn’t deserved a single point despite matching West Ham and Man U for half a match. Truth is they tore us apart the other half.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Why is he still here 😐 🙁 😥 😡

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Do we know if Wilson is fit for the weekend?

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #29

    If I think too much about Sunday I start to wobble, is that normal?

    Proof positive that we’ve been living in the Matrix and have now slip sided into another dimension.

    One giant step for Toon, one giant leap for Toonkind.

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  • magscar

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Fun though it may be it’s a waste of energy to me dwelling on speculation probably even wilder than it usually is because the new owners are not yet in a position to be open so who knows?

    Press have even a wider than usual palette of stories to choose from and embroider and it’s great for them but clickbait for us

    If much of it were true then I am even more going to have to put my faith in the decisions being the right ones for this situation and at the right time

    It is all we can do as they work through our difficult situation and give our trust and support

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Irish
    They can’t keep Bruce on for any games.
    If we don’t win on Sunday with him on the touch line he will be hounded out of the stadium.
    If the new owners think we’re passionate they’ve seen nothing like it will be Sunday and we don’t want that pr!ck anywhere near Newcastle for this celebration match!

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Catchy
    “Credit where credit is due” my ar$e!
    Get rid of him now or put him on gardening leave while negotiating his severance pay!
    He’s useless!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Talk of Lampard getting a short term deal, apparently well liked by Jamie Reuben and in discussion with club.

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Bruce has to go this week!
    He’s obviously (even he knows) a dead man walking, so why put him through torture on Sunday.
    Also we can’t afford to lose more points through poor tactics.

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  • dcdick

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Makes me smile when even a huge operation like PIF gets caught out by the capitulation of the premier league cartel. So far they haven’t done anything apart from meet & greet what they have bought. Time to move now Amanda seeing as you seem to be the public face of NUFC, please, please, please just get shot of Bruce & let Jonesy handle the Spurs game while you sort out a manager. You know, I thought I had seen it all since my first game at (a very different) SJP in 1951…..what do I know then…………… never a dull moment at the toon 🙂

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d take Lamps on a short deal. Can he start tonight?

    Might also utilise him in the CM for a few weeks

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #37

    If true, probably an “until end of season” deal as a trial.

    Get us into top 10 and you might have a new career son! 😀

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #38
  • canny lad

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    We cannot have Bruce anywhere near the ground Sunday. There were reasons why NUFC was dying on its feet. Yes, Ashley was key, but Charnley and Bruce have to be booted out now. OK, do it with respect and cushion the fall with $$$$ but get rid please.

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  • canny lad

    Oct 12, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Unless the idea is that 15 mins before kick-off a chopper lands in the centre circle. Out steps KK and Bruce rushes over to give him a piggy back round the touchline as KK does a lap of honour. That is the only serious reason I can think of for having that smell fester on into the weekend.

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