Newcastle United have made an offer for Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour according to the player’s agent, Abdelkader Jilani.
The 25 year old Tunisian international moved for around £11m from Toulouse to Monaco only 18 months ago.
Only last month Get French Football News reported that Newcastle had made a failed approach for Abdennour.
Despite only being at Monaco for a year, in April the defender was reported to be interested in a move this summer but his agents had told Newcastle that it would have to be a club that can offer European football.
Abdennour’s agent appears to now confirm an offer(s) from Newcastle but we are not alone, with Jilani saying that Spurs, Valencia and Inter Milan have also made ‘comcrete offers’ for the higly rated defender.
“Given the season that Aymen has had, there is interest from all over the world. We have received calls from clubs and sporting directors, but for now nothing [has been decided].
“Clubs including Valencia, Newcastle, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Wolfsburg have called. We have received concrete offers from these teams, and they are really interested in Aymen.”
Monaco have finished third in Ligue 1 and qualified once again for the Champions League, so it is a little difficult imagining a player at his peak being prepared to move to a club that can’t even offer Europa League football, or the likelihood of European football around the corner. Unless we somehow ‘win’ a Champions League place and get rid of Mike Ashley at the same time!
A reminder that even if Mike Ashley belatedly was willing to allow a credible budget for new signings, getting the right players to come to Newcastle might be a different matter.
A massive difference if say Newcastle had shown ambition after finishing fifth in 2011/12, a team on the up offering European football.
As opposed to what we have now…