There was news in the Sunday Express yesterday that Arsenal are putting together a bid to take Newcastle’s French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Arsenal, and it could have been that the Arsenal manager was being coy when he said after yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke that the club were not interested in Cheick Tiote, our other central midfield star.
Yohan Cabaye – shot taken during the Euro 2012 tournament
It’s now the Daily Mail that’s reporting Arsenal are ready to bid £15M for Yohan, and the fee obviously is the same as Arsenal received from Barcelona, for their central midfielder Alex Song last week.
But the Mail says that Arsenal are in the market for a holding midfielder, and although Yohan can play in that position, his skills are such that he’s usually used in the attacking midfield position for both Newcastle and France.
Arsene Wenger was talking after the game at Stoke yesterday:
“I’m pleased with what I have, but yes I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder? It depends on the quality of the players available.”
Yohan joined Newcastle only last summer for the release clause in his contract, which was €5M, which is just over £4M – so that would be an £11M gain for the Newcastle club in just over a year, if they let him go at £15M.
The French star has quickly settled down on Tyneside,and his star has been rising both at Newcastle, and in the French side, where he was one of their best players during Euro 2012.
But we think that owner Mike Ashley will not sell him for £15M, and he’ll want another Andy Carroll like massive deal, to be persuaded to sell one of his best players at Newcastle.
And we know that Alan Pardew is a little nervous this week about losing his top players, as he had this to say:
“All my players are important, and they are hard to replace now. You lose a big player now and you try and take someone out from somewhere else and they want a replacement and time is suddenly running down.” “You can’t get anyone in and we want to avoid that.”
What Alan says is exactly what happened when we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool – we just didn’t have the time to bring in a suitable replacement, and Newcastle cannot allow that same thing to happen again this week.
You live and learn – otherwise history repeats itself.
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