Last week we heard that Monaco, who have just been promoted back to the first division in France, after being down below for two seasons, were after Hatem Ben Arfa, and now there is a report today that Paris Saint Germain want Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye – who’s that calling?
PSG have been linked with wanting Yohan since their Director of Football, Leonardo, mentioned his name as somebody the Paris based club were interested in a few months ago.
And both Monaco and PSG are owned by Billionaires, and it doesn’t seem that the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules are having much effect on stopping these moguls coming in and spending their own money on players – rather than having it be the club’s money that is spent.
UEFA President Michel Platini is trying to get football clubs run like businesses, where they use their own money and balance their books financially – an odd idea to a lot of financial people involved in football it seems.
The news today is that PSG are readying a £15M bid (we are assuming its in £ but European clubs deal in €) for the 27 Year-old French International, who Newcastle signed from Lille two years ago for €5M – which is about £4.3M.
Cabaye signed a five-year deal and still has three years left on his contract.
PSG won the French League last season and will go straight into the group stages of the Champions League, and Cabaye at PSG would be front and center in the eyes of the French manager Didier Deschamps – for the World Cup squad in Brazil next summer.
We think this offer will be met with a swift dismissal by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – because Mike will only sell his top players for silly money this summer – and although that’s a £10M gain in two years on Cabaye, it may not be silly enough.
Mike Ashley will want more than a mere £15M – and it could be that £25M is Yohan’s price – if indeed a club is to prise him away from Tyneside this summer.
The French International is also said to be Ashley’s favorite player at Newcastle, and that may add a couple more million to his price. 😀
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