In the January transfer window Mathieu Valbuena was rumoured to be a prime target for Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool.
With the year remaining on his contract Valbuena did not end up leaving, opting to stay at Marseille. But according to the Metro, Valbuena has been told by Marseille that he is free to leave in the August transfer window.
By his own standards the Frenchman in not having a banner year. His two goals and one assist in 12 league matches haven’t helped Marseille, who currently sit in fifth place in the Ligue 1 table and are outside of a Champions League place. However, he is still likely to play an integral part in France’s World Cup squad meaning that he may still be on some club's shopping lists this summer.
But at 29 Valbuena may not fit in Liverpool’s transfer policy of buying young players and, with both Mesut Özil and Jack Wilshere the Frenchman may find it difficult to find regular first team football at Arsenal. The door remains open then for other outfits to temp him to England.
Back in June it was reported that Newcastle had shown interest in signing the midfielder during last summer’s transfer window. Now with the loss of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain this January Newcastle are sure to be preparing to intensify their pursuit.
With the sub par season he’s currently having the Frenchman would be well counselled to exploit such an opportunity. Valbuena’s poor form could allow Newcastle to bargain and capture him for less then his £12.5million market value.
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