Newcastle will sell one of their top players only if a top bid comes in that meets the high evaluation Mike Ashley will put on them – but after the horrendous season we just had, it wouldn’t surprise us if Ben Arfa or Yohan Cabaye leave the club for a big transfer fee before September rolls around.
Yohan Cabaye – could leave Newcastle this summer – fact
The truth is that Newcastle have always struggled for the last nine years to be a top six club, ever since the great Bobby Robson left the club, and during that time we’ve been relegated to the Championship, and last season we were again struggling against relegation.
So if a bid came in from a top club like Tottenham or Arsenal for either of the two top Frenchmen, we think it may be difficult for Newcastle to keep either player.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to stay.” “Having said that, it’s going to be very difficult for any club to get a player out of here unless it’s a serious or big bid.”
The news last August was that Arsenal came in for Yohan Cabaye, and the manager said that turned the player’s head, and after having a difficult season on Tyneside, Yohan may jump at the chance of joining a team which has European football every year.
We hate to say this – but actions have consequences, and because we were so hopeless last season, we could see one of our top Frenchmen want to leave.
If that happens the least we expect is to get a massive fee for them – but we can hardly say Newcastle are in a strong position,.
Arsene Wenger after the win on Sunday said that being in the top four will help Arsenal’s recruitment in the summer – but they’ve been in the top four every single season that Wenger has been at the London club.
What does that say about Newcastle’s chances of attracting top talent, when we finished fifth bottom?
It’s not good, but that’s where we find ourselves this summer – that’s the stark reality.
We’re a big club because of the massive following and 52,000 home gates – not because we do well in the Premier League and win things.
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