Thursday, 23rd August, 2012
Lille president Michel Seydoux is rethinking his stance of not allowing right-back Mathieu Debuchy to leave this summer, in news which will surely alert suitors Newcastle United.
The English Premier League side have had two offers for the France international rejected this summer, as Seydoux concluded the respective bids of €5M and €6M vastly undervalue his player.
Seydoux then declared that Debuchy would not leave, as Lille have precious little time to replace him, especially during an August that includes a crucial Champions League playoff tie.
But Lille’s hopes of making the Champions League group stage took a blow on Tuesday night with a first leg defeat against FC Copenhagen – the French giants went down 1-0 in Denmark.
Now, according to French sports daily L’Equipe, Seydoux is ready to let Debuchy leave for the right price if Rudi Garcia’s men cannot plot a path past FC Copenhagen.
Lille are still likely to want an improved offer from Newcastle to do business, but with Debuchy desperate to move to St. James’ Park, there could be some movement before transfer deadline day.
The French side’s return leg against FC Copenhagen, on 29th August, is then set to be crucial to determining Debuchy’s immediate future.