Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot has given another interview on the interest in striker Hugo Ekitike. Speaking to France Bleu, Caillot confirmed having received at least one acceptable offer for the 19-year-old Frenchman.
sports witness posted the following from Caillot on an offer from an anonymous club for Ekitike:
“Yes. Today, it’s very concrete. And on the table, there is one that suits us very well. An offer that, in my opinion, is sportingly interesting for the player and it is now up to him to to make his choice, it is not for me to make it.
“From now on, it is his advisers who must move forward on this file. And if at the time I speak it is not done, it is because his advisers have not yet wished to move forward with this club.
When asked if the club in question was Newcastle, Caillot almost confirmed that he was saying:
“We remain discreet but hey… it’s an English club so we understand which club we’re talking about… [smiles]”
It looks like Reims have accepted Newcastle’s offer announced earlier in the week. It is now up to the player and his representatives to accept the move. A report by TuttoMercatoWeb claimed yesterday that Ekitike would not accept this decision.
Some local journalists don’t think that’s the case. The Mail’s Craig Hope tweeted the following yesterday.
Newcastle think they want to sign. Last I heard, agent fees were still being negotiated. https://t.co/RSkcfe52Ci
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) June 2, 2022
Ekitike’s agents could buy the terms of the proposal from other clubs in hopes of finding a better deal, possibly with higher agent fees. Caillot suggested this could be the current heist
Caillot also confirmed the fee range, which is expected to total around £30m, including add-ons. He said the following while clarifying some earlier comments:
“So you have to be very careful what you say because in other interviews I said it was between 20 and 40 M€ and it was said that the real price that I had announced was was €20m.
“Let things be clear at €20m, Hugo Ekitike will not leave. Today, the value of the player with all that we can detect in his potential, we must be between 30 M€ and 40 M€ according to the different structures.