If the media is to be believed it seems that in the last few days and weeks we have had bids for players rejected. I think this is a worrying trend that could jeopardise the transfer policy that has so far proved fruitful.
If we believe what the media prints, bids for Luuk de Jong, Vurnon Anita and Mathieu Debuchy have all been turned down recently and have resulted in Newcastle United being told to double and treble bids. Now I don’t claim to be an expert on any of the players aforementioned BUT I don’t think a midfielder playing in the Dutch league (albeit champions Ajax) is work more than maybe 5-6 million. The same applies with the other players, although I do think we have missed the boat with Debuchy because his value was always likely to increase after the Euros. De Jong again isn’t worth anywhere near the reported 15 million, and I honestly don’t think any team will pay over 10 for him. I think we should wait Twente out with him.
This new predicament has been waiting to happen for a while now. Teams will be simply waiting for bids from NUFC on their players and then using that bid as an estimation of worth. NUFC bid £4 million, the player must be worth £6 million and NUFC probably think the player is valued at £8 million. I think it is most worrying because it might mean that we will have to turn our attentions to much younger/cheaper players who we think might development in to stars of the future. It’s an increased gamble but one we might have to take. The other issue is that teams would’ve been monitoring our scouting/transfer progress closely and I have no doubt in some cases bidding against us just because our scouts think the player is worth buying.
Is scouting really this cloak and dagger? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, either way it might be a slower close season transfer wise for NUFC so patience will be needed.