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Newcastle To Target More French Players?

7 years ago

While Alan Pardew talks of targeting more British players in the future, the truth is that the French market Newcastle have repeatedly plundered could be looking even more attractive in the coming months and years.

French clubs have now agreed to go on strike in protest at plans to impose higher taxes on players’ wages.

A 75% super tax on anybody earning more than 1m euros in France is the intention, a move that instantly makes clubs in other countries, such as Newcastle United, infinitely more attractive financially to French players.

The strike will mean no matches in France’s top two division between November 29 and December 2.

The government proposal would mean that the companies (including clubs), rather than the individual employees/players, would be liable for the 75% tax for the part of salaries that go above 1m euros. With French clubs collectively losing hundreds of millions of euros over the last few years, the clubs would have to pass on much of the financial burden to the players, rather than somehow absorbing this potential financial burden themselves.

The French President, Francois Hollande, is due to meet club representatives in the coming days to try and avert the strike but if the tax is imposed then it is feared it will create a mass desertion of those players at the upper end of French club football.

So while the idea of Newcastle looking to recruit more British players is all very well, the fact is they come with an extra cost on their heads. While at the same time French players could move to English clubs such as Newcastle and even be on the same wages as they are currently on in France, but be so much better off financially. Not something you’d assume Mike Ashley would be ignoring the next time he opens the purse strings.


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