De Jong Definitely On Way Out Of Twente
When a player speaks so openly like this in the press and is clearly so desperate to move on, it is very hard to imagine him still being there at the start of the season.
De Jong’s comments in Dutch newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’;
“I fell off my chair when I heard Joop Munsterman (the FC Twente Club President who had announced that any fee would be a minimum of £16m).
That amount is in complete contradiction with the conversation that took place this week between Twente and Borussia Monchengladbach, and with my father George and agent Louis Laros.
I was amazed to hear this. FC Twente, my agent Louis Laros and Borussia Monchengladbach indicated that a transfer fee of €12m (£9.6m) plus €2m (£1.6m) in bonuses, would do, if I agreed with FC Twente to drop my contracted right to 20 per cent of the transfer fee.
I have already indicated that I will drop my claim to 20% of the transfer fee, if a move to Borussia Monchengladbach is possible. I am not concerned just about the money. But for FC Twente, this is no longer sufficient for them to agree to a transfer.
Gladbach will be a new level for me and it’s where I want to develop further, in view of the Dutch national team. All my competitors for the striker position in Oranje play in foreign clubs in strong leagues”.
In terms of which club he will eventually go to, his comments clearly point to Borussia Monchengladbach but as we know from Newcastle’s past history, always expect the unexpected.
A bit like buying and selling houses when you are part of a chain, just as a potential buyer can get fed up and look elsewhere, it isn’t impossible that ‘Gladbach’ will switch attention elsewhere due to Twente messing them about.
Of course that is just one scenario why transfer movements might change and you only have to go back to the January transfer window when Modibo Maiga (pictured) was all but signed, sealed and delivered, only for Papiss Cisse to end up as our number nine.
What seems clear is that Newcastle were very interested and if circumstances change (FC Twente relent on price, player goes on strike (we’ve seen that before), no other clubs seriously bidding, Ba or Cisse sold etc etc) then who knows.
Once again I’m just glad that, whatever happens with De Jong, it is a player desperate to leave another club and not one of our players.
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