Newcastle United have drawn up a contingency plan if interest in Mathieu Debuchy is firmed up this summer – but they have slapped a £12million price tag on him.
United are aware Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are monitoring the 28-year-old and drew up a list of alternatives in the final months of the season - which included Toulouse’s Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier and Feyenoord full-back Daryl Janmaat.
Both of those targets are in action in the World Cup and Aurier has been watched by the Gunners and Marseille – but it is Debuchy who is emerging as the right-back who has impressed most from the tournament out in Brazil.
Newcastle are acutely aware of that and will put a sizeable price tag on a player only signed 18 months ago from Lille.
The Journal understands they do not want to sell Debuchy but, given his age and the fact the player himself would be interested in talking to Champions League clubs, they have looked at alternative names.
Newcastle’s players return for the start of pre-season training on Friday and after a quiet fortnight United’s business could be ramped up this week, with most of the key officials at clubs across Europe now back at work and prepared to progress moves.
Newcastle have been told they must wait until after the World Cup to make progress on Remy Cabella but they are looking for clarity on strike target Pierre-Michel Lassoga, who has had a £9.5million price tag slapped on his head by Hertha Berlin. Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette is another long-term target.
Newcastle could also see a number of fringe men move in the next seven days, with Panathinaikos haggling over Mehdi Abeid’s value and Dundee United looking to tie up a loan deal for Curtis Good.
The Magpies banked a modest fee for James Tavernier over the weekend after the Academy graduate completed a permanent move to Wigan after being told he had no first-team future at St James’ Park.
He helped Rotherham achieve promotion last season.
Tavernier said: “It has been a long summer and I’ve been waiting a long time to finalise the deal. Now it has been completed I’m delighted.
“Wigan Athletic are a Premier League club and I’ve always known them to be a Premier League club - and hopefully I can help get us back where we belong.”