During the summer of 2012 there were several very high profile and very public courtships occurring in the world of football transfers. Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, Joe Allen to Liverpool, Victor Moses to Chelsea were among them as was France international right-back Mathieu Debuchy and his move to Newcastle United from Lille.
It was believed to be a simple question of when rather than if Debuchy would become a Newcastle player but in stark contrast to the relatively simple negotiations between the same two teams in the summer of 2011 for midfield maestro Yohan Cabaye the deal never materialised.
Newcastle United and Lille just could not come to an agreement on a fair fee for the full-back and in the end the transfer window expired before any form of arrangement could be arranged.
The interest however has continued to fester as Newcastle are still keen to bring him in and Debuchy is still very keen on a move. It could have changed however; both interested parties have suffered in the aftermath of not getting their moves in the summer. Mathieu Debuchy struggled for form at the start of the season and Newcastle United are not hitting the heady heights of last season’s excellent campaign.
Recently Debuchy has picked up his form for Lille and in January Newcastle United are likely to go back in for him. He would join several other Francophone players at the club including his French international team-mates Hatem Ben Arfa and former team-mate Cabaye.
In November Alan Pardew was reportedly hopeful of reigniting a deal and Debuchy himself has spoken of his hope in finalising a long awaited deal to join the French-speaking revolution:
“I fought for the Newcastle move, but our club president Michel Seydoux did not want me to go so I was left disappointed. I was regularly on the phone to Newcastle representatives and there were several offers. I’m focused on Lille, but hopefully there will be other opportunities because I want to go to Newcastle.”
His apparent desire to go to the North-East comes amid reported interest from European giants Barcelona and Juventus so would represent a massive coup for the club.
Whether any deal materialises may rely on the sale of Demba Ba remains up for debate but with Danny Simpsons’s contract expiring at the end of the season cover in the right-back position will be a priority for the Newcastle hierarchy.
Whether that happens in January of next summer remains the only question.
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