According to L’Equippe, through Sport Witness, PSG have vastly improved the contract of their left back Stanley N’Soki, after Newcastle showed interest in him over the summer.
The 19-year-old has had his deal with the French champions increased from a paltry €5k a month to a significantly improved €3m a year.
Unfortunately for fans of The Magpies, this highlights what is going wrong with their club. Newcastle’s reluctance to spend a lot of money at the transfer window has now meant that they have lost one of their targets.
If Mike Ashley had provided the money to lodge a bid for the defender in the summer, manager Rafa Benítez would probably landed him for a very modest price. However, after this huge contract improvement, they would now be looking at a much heftier price for the youngster. To make matters worse, they have found themselves stretched in the fullback department so far this term, and N’Soki would have relieved those problems.
N’Soki is valued at £4.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk, but Newcastle would count themselves very lucky if they could sign the player for anything near that price. This is not only because of his new contract, but because he has become a favourite in Thomas Tuchel’s side in the French capital, starting three of the first five games of the season.
This will continue to be a problem for Newcastle for as long as they refuse to pay for players; they will continually lose out unless they strike when they have the chance.