Forgotten NUFC stopper Matz Sels is said to have been left “deeply disappointed” after fears that his proposed move to Anderlecht may have broken down – with the Belgian giants now refusing to pay more than £1.75m.
It’s claimed in Belgium that Newcastle are demanding just £2.25m, yet Anderlecht seem unwilling (or unable) to pay the extra £500k to secure his signing .
This appears to have left him questioning their desire to sign him and it’s been claimed that their approach to the deal has been deemed ‘laughable’ by NUFC.
Why could this be bad news for Benitez? Well you can’t help but get the feeling that sales are pretty important this summer. The sooner we get rid of some deadwood, free up space on the wage bill and raise some extra cash, the sooner we may start signing.
Here’s what the Chronicle have had to say on the current situation with Sels:
“The Belgian shot-stopper spent last season on loan with the Brussels club who now want to make the deal a permanent one.
“Newcastle are believed to have rejected an initial offer of €2million for Sels and have invited the 34-times Belgian champions to bid again.
“According to Het Laatste Nieuws in Belgium Sels has indicated he is not only dejected about the move collapsing, but has also questioned Anderlecht’s desire to sign him full-time, claiming they have not made the “extra effort” to bring him back to his home country.”
Money at Anderlecht may be a little tight (and I can believe it given their derisory offer for Mbemba and failure to pay Mitrovic’s wages in an attempt to bring him in on loan in January), but it’s not really on that they’re expecting to sign a 26-year-old international goalkeeper for such a tiny fee.
If they refuse to pay any more then we have every right to walk away from a deal – even if Rafa is pushing to reduce the wage bill, create space in the squad and raise funds.
Hopefully a deal can be resurrected. You get the feeling player sales are pretty important this summer, so selling the likes of Sels and Mbemba may finally kick-start some form of spending.