Can Newcastle Hold On To Yohan Cabaye This Summer?

It’s fairly obvious that Yohan Cabaye is one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, and as he showed again on Sunday against Southampton he can help control a game from his midfield position.

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Yohan Cabaye scoring the penalty on Sunday against Southampton

And there was news a week or so ago that both Arsenal and Manchester United were interested in signing the player in the summer – so we would expect some bids to come in for him – but the size of those bids will determine if he leaves Newcastle.

There has been fresh speculation about those two top clubs coming for the French international and one such report is in the Italian site TuttoMercato.

Newcastle signed Yohan from Lille only eighteen months ago and he’s been an enormous success in the Newcastle shirt, and he;’s now one of France’s best players as he demonstrated last summer at the Euro 2012 Championships.

Newcastle signed him for £4M via the release clause in his contract and the reports are saying he has a release clause of £34M in his Newcastle contract – nice one Mike Ashley.

As we know every player had their price at Newcastle, and that’s also true at most clubs these days – but it will take a lot more than the £17M Manchester United are said to be willing to offer to get Yohan away from the Magpies.

And with his best friend Mathieu Debuchy on board and several other top French players arriving at Newcastle last month, from a personal viewpoint he will hardly want to leave Newcastle – a club he has often said he loves.

If a club comes along with £34M we think Newcastle will sell – but it will take that much to get him – he’s such a great player in the Premier league.

And there are rumors that Newcastle are putting together a new contract for Yohan, and that would be fitting, because whatever the club are paying him in wages – he’s worth more than that. 😀

It will take an Andy Carroll like bid for Yohan Cabaye not to be at Newcastle this September – and he can then Newcastle in a realistic assault on the top four and Champions League football.

What do you think?

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25 comments so far

  • Griff-toon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    I think there is no chance he is leaving in the summer. He whants to be a part of this French revolution at Newcastle.

    It will be interesting to see what happens in the summer but I have a feeling if one player leaves two will come inn and we look to be after players that improve the team all the time.

    Thats why we work so hard on our signings also and dont always panick buy. They need to take the club forward.

  • toon1707

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    I am confident he will be a Newcastle player next season with the new additions he can see we are a good footballing team at the minute and with the right signings in the summer he will see the potential is there for us to challenge the top 6 next year

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I think it would be more than 34milliom, Arsenal will not pay that sort of money, and to trigger the release clause Yohan would have to agree to the deal, and My gut feeling is he would rather stay with us. I so not think that Mike Ashley will sell him unless a ridiculous amount like the any Carrol deal was made

  • Graeme

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    I dont think MA has any interest in selling ANY of our
    new- look team. We are maybe 2 or 3 players away from fighting for a top 4-6 place and regular European football.

    It would take a bid as outrageous as the one bindippers made for Carroll, 2 or 3 times his actual value, to extract Cabaye from Newcastle – coz Dekka says so lol.

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Andy Carrol even

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Yohan is a big player for us. He is a real talent and has shown that on the international stage….the Spain manager compared his influence to that of Xavi’s…so he is held in high regard in europe.

    I think he will be made captain next year when Colo leaves (looks likely). He already shows his influence on the lads on the pitch and was very good at helping attract the French talent we now have at the club. He is well respected.

    I think it would be silly though to think he couldn’t be tempted. Whether he would leave this early or not though I am not sure.

    I think in England only Man Utd would lure him. Can’t see him going to arsenal as they probably won’t even offer him champs league next year. Chelsea won’t go for him I don’t think, they prefer buying abroad now. Man city I don’t see as a club he would want to play for either, money but no loyalty and full of drama.

    In Europe I could see him being tempted by barca or real possibly but do they need him with the talent then already have? I’m not sure they’d spend the 25/30mil it would take when they have some world class midfielders already.

    The only worry is Man Utd as they need a top class CM in their side. However I think they will spend all their budget on Bale as can see him being their number one target.

    I wouldn’t worry too much, I believe he will stay.

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye will be offered a new contract soon and also made captain. Expect us to turn some heads between now and the summer, and next season we will be a match for most. Top 6 again next season.

  • Shane

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Its simple, hes on a big healthy contract. Unless we see a ridiculous offer like we had for Carroll then he’s going nowhere…

    Arsenal will not spend the big money it would take.

    Man United will be more intent on spending their budget on Bale.

  • woolerbill

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s get real, £34mil that’s what Mike wants and that’s what he will get. This is how he will get more signings in the summer.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Why should Cabaye go anywhere when he has sold the club to Debuchy and most likely more of the French players.

    Any way I hope Cabaye has genned up the New French players on Stoke and what they can expect – A footballing culture shock

  • woolerbill

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Let’s get real, £34mil that’s what Mike wants and that’s what he will get. This is how he will get more signings in the summer, and a few million for him.

  • hotdog

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Charlie / TS

    I agree with the overspend but i think Shepard is most to blame on that one.

    Anyhoo all water under the bridge onwards and upwards. 🙂

  • ArtyH

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    IMHO I think M.A is starting to get a realisation that he can make some more coin by having a great toon team and will be looking to add to the squad this summer not sell our best players. If M.A has any sense or good will to the club he will snub any bids for any of the current blue chip players and let them develop as a team, they all seem to ” love it ” here so why spoil it when he can make money and be Mr Nice Guy again?
    After all he is a billionaire and doesn’t need the money so why not have a very popular plaything and be well thought of at the same time? JailFA sorry M8, LOL’s.

  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Is there something in the air for wind-ups today? Cabaye won’t be sold unless somebody offers us daft money, a-la Andy Carroll, in which case, daft not to take it. On top of that, they are now on about installing Giant Slides at SJP to exit the stadium, to accelerate you to the car park or Metro. Have I missed something on the calendar this year? April fool come early? Bonkers.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    If Ashleys managed to insert a 34 million release clause then fair play to him, theres only a few clubs could afford anywhere near this ( well and QPR of course)
    So we have ManU, ManCity, Chelski, PSG, RM, Barca and the mafia backed russian clubs – dont think Mancity, Chelski or Barca would go for him – the others might tho and almost guarantee winning things

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Defo – water under the bridge, lets look forward to the future.

    In my eyes the club are going in the right direction. Bound to have a few downers on our journey and hopefully we will come out stronger.

    KEEP THE FAITH and lets get behind them for the rest of the season

  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17
  • Somerset Mag

    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    He is certainly a good player. We have improved a lot since he came back into the team. However, I have been very disapointed with his corners and free kicks – nearly always straight into the goalkeeper’s hands.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Can’t see Cabaye leaving.
    He’s just persuaded all his mates to join us – he’d be letting them down as well as us.

    He would always be able to get a higher salary elsewhere – no way we can match what some of the rich clubs pay – but Yohan is about more than that. Still, we need to close the gap by increasing his salary to certainly the same as Colo is on.
    I’m sure that’s why the club are working on a new contract.

  • numba9

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #20

    ye makes sence if collo is leavin to share out most of his salary between cabs and benny and get in another top defender

  • aidantoon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    He is not going anywhere, he will be captain next season as well.

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #22

    As I have said elsewhere, Ashley will not allowed himself to be bullied by anyone. Remember he turned down £35m for Carroll until L’pool said cash up front and Carroll said he wanted to go.
    Unless something similar happens then he is not about to dismantle what is potentially one of the most exciting Toon teams in my memory – and don’t think Ashley doesn’t realise the benefits to be made from keeping up the progression.

  • Bettersford

    Feb 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I just hope the toon does nowt daft like sell Cabaye to liverpool for caroll and a cash adjustment.

  • 9

    Feb 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Be realistic, lads. There are two reasons Cabaye would leave, and they apply to every footballer and also every contributor to this blog:
    a) Wages more than doubled
    b) Career advanced miles by being in Champions League starting this summer, and in it every year for the rest of his career.
    Much as we love the NUFC, let’s not delude ourselves we’re at the level, now this minute, of the half-dozen plus clubs who have been attaining for years way, way above us. I too reckon we’ve got every bright prospect for next season, I think we’ll finish at least 10th this season, but this is chicken feed for somebody of his talent.

    He may well love the Toon, too, but he’s only human!

  • toonbrother

    Feb 26, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #25

    he had a quiet game on sunday in my opinion probably suffering from fatigue from the europa. Great player. NUFC is lucky to have him


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