I hope that if/when he signs, Florian Lejeune can move quicker on the pitch than the transfer negotiations are moving off it.
It must be over a month now since we were first linked with the 26 year old defender and every single day we are getting updates on the transfer ‘getting closer’.
I had just about lost all interest in the transfer (and living!) because of the monotonous snail’s pace in which things are moving, well that is if anything is actually happened.
Then I read this a couple of hours ago…
Chronicle – 29 June 2017:
‘Sources at Eibar have revealed fresh contact between Newcastle and the Spanish club amid tortuously slow negotiations between the two parties over the player’s £8.7million release clause, which has been holding up a deal that will requires only minimal work.
Newcastle want to trigger that clause with a deal that would see the fee paid in instalments and thus preserve some of Rafa Benitez’s transfer budget for the summer.
With fees and duties to be paid on the deal it would work out cheaper for the club to do it that way but Eibar want the fee in full up front and have told Newcastle that they are under no obligation to accept their offer of staggered payments.’
That kind of stopped me in my tracks – I’m not expecting Newcastle to beat the £89m Man Utd paid for Paul Pogba BUT I did expect the club to get things done.
Not wanting to simply throw money at the problem but simply dealing with the transfer market as it stands, missing out on some players but being prepared to compromise on others to get the deal(s) done.
However, this from the Chronicle must be seen as worrying, in today’s market buying a player from a weaker/cheaper league for under £9m, should surely be relatively easy to sort, especially with a buyout clause in place.
If Rafa Benitez sees Florian Lejeune as a first team player then surely this should have just been pushed through with a minimum of fuss.
Holding out to try and pay by instalments on a sub-£9m player to try and eke out the transfer funds that are needed for other positions…this is in a market where Everton have just paid £55m for two players, Bournemouth are due to hand over £20m for Nathan Ake, many/most other clubs set to break their own transfer records as well.
If we do or don’t buy Florian Lejeune I don’t particularly care either way BUT I do care if Rafa Benitez isn’t getting the full support from Mike Ashley.
As well as securing promotion as champions, Rafa Benitez, the club also confirmed that in the process the Manager had delivered a £40m transfer surplus.
When adding in the recent £10m deal confirmation for Florian Thauvin and of course the Premier League TV cash to be factored in, the idea that only four days before pre-season training starts, Newcastle still haven’t brought in any new players (only Atsu permanent instead of loan) and are still haggling a month later on how they pay for Florian Lejeune…it beggars belief.
Rafa Benitez needs his players in as soon as possible to get working with them, have them ready to start working as a team when the friendlies kick off in 15 days time.
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