Bordeaux accept Newcastle United offer for Youssouf Sabaly – Report
With just over 48 hours until transfer deadline, it is now reported that Newcastle have had a bid accepted for Youssouf Sabaly.
The right-back, who is versatile and can also play left-back, is a target for both the Magpies and Watford.
The defender looks to be definitely on the move and on his way to the Premier League but the only question is which club.
Over in France, Soccer Link report that their information is that Bordeaux have also accepted Watford’s offer.
Born in France and playing through the various youth levels for the country where he was born, Youssouf Sabaly eventually went with Senegal via his family background.
He played every minute of Senegal’s 2018 World Cup campaign and his summer move has been complicated/delayed by involvement in the African Cup of Nations this summer.
Senegal reached the final but Sabaly and his teammates lost 1-0 to Algeria.
That final was on 19 July and given a couple of weeks holiday after that tournament, the player has only now returned to Bordeaux to sort his future.
Soccer Link say that is simply a case of the 26 year old now deciding between the two Premier League clubs.
The 26 year old was on the books of PSG for 14 years from the age of 10 but never made it into the first team, playing regularly for the PSG second team before spending four years (2013-2017) solidly out on loan at Evian, Nantes and Bordeaux, eventually making that last loan move permanent with £3m paid to PSG by Bordeaux in 2017.
It remains to be seen whether Youssouf Sabaly does become a Newcastle player but I do think that NUFC are definitely looking to bring in a right-back/wing-back.
For a long time Newcastle have needed better quality/competition on both sides and with Jetro Willems brought in on loan on the left, I think there is every chance we will see similar on the right.
Before Willems was signed, Newcastle were lined with a number of other targets and they were clearly trying to bring in Stanley N’Soki before settling for Willems, NUFC/Ashley not willing to meet N’Soki’s wage expectations.
On the right side a number of players have been linked and French media are also insistent that Newcastle are still negotiating with Amiens for Emil Krafth, a Swedish international right-back.
I’m not confident of other signings being made at this late stage but personally, I do think it is very likely that one of this pair will arrive.
With already 26 senior players to fit only 22 outfield places in the official Premier League squad (25 which includes three keepers), if/when a new right-back arrives then it would appear likely that Manquillo could find himself moving on to a new club, even if just on loan, as well as the likely shifting of players such as Lazaar, Saivet, Colback and Sterry, also almost certainly on loan at this late date.
What also seems very apparent is that the focus is very much back on France as a market that gives apparent better value, at least in the eyes of whoever is making decisions at NUFC.
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