Mercato: why the Mateta file in Saint-Etienne still stuck

AS Saint-Etienne is looking to recruit Jean-Philippe Mateta during the winter transfer window. Despite an agreement with the striker of 23 years, the Saint-Etienne club sees the file blocked due to his contractual situation.

Short of playing time with only seven appearances in all competitions under the Crystal Palace jersey, Jean-Philippe Mateta is looking for a new challenge during the month of January. In Ligue 1, Saint-Etienne is interested and the last of the French championship even obtained the agreement of the goalscorer of 24 years. However, the file is more complicated than expected to settle.

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Although present in the Eagles group this season in the Premier League, Jean-Philippe Mateta is only loaned across the Channel and belongs to Mainz until the end of the campaign 2021 – 2022. Additionally, Crystal Palace has an estimated call option of million euros.

Competition from Newcastle and Basel

Mainz would like Crystal Palace to exercise its purchase option before lending or not the former Le Havre player. But for the moment, Crystal Palace has still not activated its option, which blocks the file a bit, and there is nothing to say that the Eagles will agree to lift it.

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In the At the same time, two clubs have expressed their interest: FC Basel for a loan and Newcastle , without knowing the modalities of the Magpies’ request. In the meantime, Jean-Philippe Mateta is regaining playing time with Palace.

After being satisfied with three ends of games during the first half of the season, the international U 21 tricolor has taken part in the last four meetings of his team since Boxing Day. Better, the former OL player has just scored two goals including the qualification for 15 The FA Cup final this Saturday against Milwall.