Newcastle Ready To Sell Mathieu Debuchy On The Cheap
It looks as though Mathieu Debuchy is going to follow his big mate Yohan Cabaye out of Newcastle United.
While the player himself has talked of wanting Champions League football and intending to sort his future out after the World Cup, it appears now that Newcastle United are willing to sell at the right place.
The Journal are reporting that they understand the ‘right’ price is £12m and that while Mike Ashley is ‘reluctant’ to sell, the right-back will be allowed to leave. The report contains the usual references to age, what with Debuchy being 28 and so potentially depreciating in value with each extra year at United, rather than going the other way.
This transfer appears to be following a similar path to Cabaye’s, at first the club claiming there is no way they want to sell him but then saying how much needs to be offered to buy him.
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With PSG the most likely destination, it appears crazy to me that Newcastle would sell their best player for what is a paltry amount compared to what is happening elsewhere.
The same PSG have just paid £50m for 27 year old David Luiz, I would argue that Debuchy is just as talented in his position and certainly not worth four times less. The same with Luke Shaw’s £30m move to Manchester United or Adam Lallana’s proposed £25m transfer to Liverpool, yes they have bags of potential but Debuchy is the finished article who can slot straight into a Champions League club, or potential World Cup winners…
Newcastle United have drawn up a contingency plan if interest in Mathieu Debuchy is firmed up this summer – but they have slapped a £12million price tag on him.
A myth appears to have been built up which suggests that Mike Ashley has some kind of brilliant strategy which ends up with other clubs paying over the odds for Newcastle’s players.
Andy Carroll wasn’t even bought in by Ashley and was instead inherited as an academy product, while his £35m fee was ludicrously ramped up by what Chelsea gave the scousers for Torres, I would argue that otherwise Ashley has sold players on the cheap any number of times.
I would argue that in today’s market the £20m for Cabaye was way under what it should have been, he is certainly a better player than Lallana.
Even leaving Yohan aside, under Ashley/Pardew, Newcastle have sold (England’s) Fraser Forster for £2m, Kevin Nolan for £3.5m, Wayne Routledge £1m, James Perch £700,000, while the likes of Barton and Simpson ended up leaving for nothing.
If Debuchy is to be sold then Newcastle should be telling clubs it is £20m minimum and then spending that (plus Cabaye money and extra TV money etc etc) on quality replacement(s), rather than patting themselves on that back that they have doubled their money in 18 months (and sticking Santon on teh right…), forgetting that in the process they are selling our best player.
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