Sevilla target Florian Lejeune for summer transfer – Report
Pablo Machin took Florian Lejeune from Villarreal to Girona in summer 2014.
The French defender playing for two seasons in the Spanish second tier under the manager.
Whilst Lejeune moved on to Eibar and then Newcastle United, Pablo Machin stayed at Girona and they got promoted in 2016/17, then have finished a very decent 10th in La Liga after promotion.
On the back of that, Machin has now landed the job of managing Sevilla.
Reports on Monday claim that the new Sevilla boss has wasted little time in identifying transfer targets, with a Florian Lejeune reunion high on his list.
Only a week after taking the job, Estadio Deportivo report that the Sevilla manager wants to build his defence around Lejeune.
However, the Spanish media organisation points out that the La Liga club will surely struggle to match any transfer fee Newcastle would ask for, even if the player was interested and Rafa Benitez was willing to sell.
Newcastle paid Eibar just under £9m last summer as he had a release clause, but after an outstanding second half of the season alongside Jamaal Lascelles and playing 24 of 38 PL games, missing most of the other 14 only due to injury, what price would you put on somebody who is well on the way to looking proven in the Premier League?
Turning 27 last month, Florian Lejuene is in his prime and with Sevilla failing to qualify for the Champions League, there is surely no way they would be willing to match any NUFC valuation.
Sevilla are usually seen as a selling club and without CL money, paying Premier League level wages and an inflated transfer fee isn’t going to happen.
As for Newcastle fans, the Lascelles/Lejeune partnership is an exciting pairing that could be the rock of the team for seasons to come hopefully.
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