Monaco To Offer Big Big Money For Two Newcastle Stars


There were reports in Franc yesterday that Monaco are putting together a £20M bid for Newcastle’s central midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Yohan Cabaye  Newcastle United

Yohan Cabaye wanted by PSG and Monaco

In the last couple of weeks there were reports that Monaco – owned by a Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev – could be coming in with a £10M bid for Ben Arfa, but nothing yet has materialized on that.

£20M would be a decent deal for Cabaye, who we signed only two years ago from Lille for €5M (£4.3M) and that would be a sizable profit.

But since Monaco have spent vast amounts of money already this summer on their three signings – Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao (£50M), and Porto players Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for £60M – Mike Ashley will be in no hurry to sell for a measly £20M.

And since Paris St Germain have already signaled their admiration for Cabaye, Mike Ashley may be able to negotiate another Andy Carroll like transfer deal.

If the Newcastle owner can get more than £25M out of Monaco or PSG for Yohan, then he could well be on his way, with PSG  owned by a consortium Billionaires, with more money than sense.

The problem Monaco and PSG have is the French League is not high quality, with France currently ranked as the 6th best league in Europe behind Spain, England, Germany, Italy and Portugal in that order, although PSG can now offer Champions league football every season.

On a side note Scotland are ranked 24th – and that’s a six place drop since they lost Rangers last year.

There is also no income tax in Monaco, and the club wants to get to Champions League qualification just as quickly as possible – so maybe the days of Newcastle selling players for as much as £35M is not yet over?

And if you believe the reports, then Monaco are already willing to offer £30M for both Cabaye and Ben Arfa, and we think Ashley would sell if that figure got to £50M – and that would be close to a £40M profit on the two players.

But there again, we’d then have to replace two of our very best players. 🙁

What do you think?

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91 comments so far

  • JAMSHA

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    50mil YESSSSSSSSSSSSS PLZZZZZZZ as long we spend that 50 mil on quality players… or else if m.a wana keep 40 mil out of 50 in his pocket den fu…

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Cwarr07
    And there we have confirmation that Monaco want Cabaye #NUFC 

    Just to prove us right, he tweets that. Itk with 20/20 hindsight. Knob

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    hahaha 😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    From TOTT

    I would rather have a new manager and no signings than pardew and 3 big transfers

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    If we did receive 25million for each, then we would take it. I have no real problems with that at all, neither are worth that sort of figure, so it would be foolish to refuse. Out of interest, how much was Moutinho on his own? I’d expect at least the same for Cabaye.

    The problem is that if we receive those figures for the 2, every club in football will know it, and prices will rise accordingly when we bid for players. We all know Ashley won’t pay over the odds, so that leaves us the fans in the precarious position of watching Ashley/Llambias/Charnley go head to head in a game of chicken with the other teams board. So far, Ashley doesn’t seem to give way, which leaves us to suffer the consequences. If we have wind of bids coming in replacements need to be lined up prior to departure so that prices don’t shoot up.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Markaccus,
    Haha, good ol’ Colin. He never fails to deliver. I can’t remember who it was, maybe True faith, but someone compiled a picture of all his rumours, wonder if they are sill doing it.

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  • jdizzle

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    If he wants to leave, let him go to PSG. Hopefully we can get Batuidi or Sakho as part of the deal.

    However, him leaving may unsettle debuchy, which I hope doesn’t happen

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    lilongwe

    moutinho was in the region of 1 million on his own!

    monaco officially payed 59million for rodriguez and 1 million for moutinho so that porto could afford paying a sizeable chunk to sporting lisbon in a moutinho sell on clause

    that is why it was always marketed as a double deal for the 60m rather than individual pricings

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    CBT,
    Crafty Bast*@ds!! I bet Sporting were fuming about that!! Okay, well I definitely qwant at least but hopefully a lot more for Cabaye then!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    CBT

    What i read it was 38 for Rodrigues and 20-22 for Moutinho.

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  • mindshaft

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t think the Monaco thing will happen, certainly not at 50 million, if Cabaye wants to go, he’ll go – pretty much like any other footballer who stamps their feet – even Collo managed to get a six week holiday and that was after a club said they wanted him for nowt!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    If it did happen it would be an easier pill to swallow if the money was reinvested straight away rather than waiting six months or a year,I was reading an article the other day about KK going off it over Mashley not pushing the boat out for Modric looks like the business genius missed out there.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    Was thinking in 2008-09 saesonwe could have had Modric and Schwinstiger in Central MF. Ended up with Butt and Guthrie

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    *Season We*

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Why are NUFC fans so obsessed with money? Is it the Football/Championship Manager syndrome?

    Not to mention that we know full well, if we sell a player for £15M, it doesn’t mean that we have £15M to sign a new player. Once you take agents’ fees, player signing on fees, likely higher wages over a 5 year contract etc. into account, it massively reduces that figure!

    I don’t want to sell Cabaye or Ben Arfa for any money. We’re not going to improve by providing a club for players to bed into the Premier League and establish themselves, and then sell them on.

    Only reason I want them to leave is an insane bid (i.e. £35M for a limited player with half a decent season in the PL), if the manager doesn’t want them any more, or if the player really wants to go. I don’t care about who we might get to replace them, there’s a good chance that that replacement will take time to settle or perhaps won’t at all!

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  • Slank

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t see Cabaye leaving to Monaco or anywhere else.

    He is probably more influential at the club than Colo because of the large number of French players some of whom, it was said, had had been encouraged to join the club by Cabaye, certainly Debuchy. If Colo leaves Cayabe would be captain. Therefore, I don’t see the club allowing both captains to leave.

    If any player is to leave on big money it will probably be Ben Arfa. However, Newcastle are not in need of cash from transfers and they will drive a hard bargain if a club comes in for Ben Arfa.

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  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t worry, you can be sure that Llambias’s is on the case and we’ll have bought players to fill their boots before they get to Monaco or wherever.

    And, we’ll have em signed before pre-season starts. We don’t pi$$ about do we!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    TDS

    Why Do we need to deduct his 5 year wages?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Slank,
    You are applying logic to the situation, logic is not a function that can be relied on where Mike Ashley is concerned.

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  • pbandj

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed you really need to stop these articles. They get silly (just like you preaching for silly money) Ashley will sell most of our players for 20 mil.. thats a lot of money in today’s market.
    All of our players are for sale and we have with the exception of Andy sold players under Mike’s rule for normal money.
    If monaco comes in with either 20 for Cabaye of 30 for both we should take it. Even more so if there’s a shred of truth about any CIsse offer we should take our money and run

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Indian – when they consider buying a player, they consider the full value of the contract as well as other fees. So if we are selling a player for £15M who is on ‘just’ £20kpw, and the replacement is also going to cost £15M but is demanding £40kpw over a 5 year contract, then the actual cost if £15M + approx. £5M for extra wages + signing on fee + agent fee = a total of maybe £23M or so. So we’d have to sign the player for around £7M to break even.

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  • Slank

    Jun 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Toon @ 15

    Yes, isn’t odd that so many fans are obsessed with transfer money. It’s not as if they know the financial and accounting wherewithal of a transfer deal or the bearing on the balance sheet.

    If someone came on this blog with a detailed analysis and breakdown of the club’s balance sheet and gave us their expert knowledge I would be mightly impressed but I doubt that is gonna happen.

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  • Slank

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail @ 19

    Yes, it’s a terrible fault I have in applying logic.

    Must write something absurd next time !

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  • naptoon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think Monaco will sign any French players.
    It’s a tax haven but French nationals who play for Monaco still have to pay tax think at about 75% they’ll have to fork out some dough in wages to match what we pay them – I know they’re loaded but they’ll be able to attract equally good players for about the same signing fee but less wages tabloid bull I think 2+2 =5

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26

    TDS
    I Knew What you meant, I just wanted to say that only we do that and wages should come from the money club makes from match day revenue and Merchandising.

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  • Slank

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    naptoon @ 25

    Very good point if you are correct.

    I’m wondering whether Monoco is the French equivalent of QPR and will go the same way.

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  • Slank

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Can someone here keep a log of how many players Ed thinks will be sold in the summer transfer window. My count is:

    Colo
    Santon
    Cabaye
    Tiote
    Ben Arfa
    Cisse
    Shola
    Sammy
    Perch

    Any more anyone?

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  • naptoon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    I haven’t checked this is correct but a French journo on talk sport was on about the Monaco tax situation and how it works the other day on talk shite I presume he knew what he was on about.

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  • WorJordi

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Was that post from Sydney toon earlier, some sort of wind up.
    and
    If we sell Cabs and HBA for 30 M does that mean Carlton and Wayne come in for 3M and 27 M to MA?
    God its awful supporting this club at the moment.
    Bets of it is , If MA would just apply his forward thinking with NUFC as he does SD we would have a cracking team and a quality Manager and coaching staff.
    I know its better the devil you know but hey can another billionaire be so bad?

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  • Sinner

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    We definitely need more than 2 players. Along with a striker and a centre back, we need wingers. Gutierrez and Obertan are both wank while Marveaux and Ben Arfa can’t last a season without having an injury.And Gouffran is a striker, even though he did a decent job on the wing.

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  • Sinner

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    We definitely need more than 2 players. Along with a striker and centre back, we need wingers. Gutierrez and Obertan are both useless while Marveaux and Ben Arfa can’t last a season without having an injury.And no, Gouffran is a striker, even though he did a decent job on the wing.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #33

    Slank

    Ed could be right about all of them. Face it would you want to stay under Pardew and see a promising career destroyed
    where you know you can develop elsewhere and for more money?

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  • Slank

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda @ 32

    Yes, the grass is always greener elsewhere.

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  • jrb

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    We need two star forwards so you lot are trying to sell our top midfielders – why don’t you support Sunderland and unsettle their best players. Oops, sorry that should have been player, they only have one good yin lol.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Rotonda – Can you name me a club playing top flight football that has sold its best 6 players, along with 3 squad players, all in the same window, simply because we had a poor season??

    Don’t join the ever growing ranks of scare-mongerers mate! 🙂

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Sell them next summer after they’ve had a better season with NUFC and they’ve been under the WC spotlight.

    The same clubs will have to stump up 60M after Cabaye lifts the FA Cup, League Cup and WC trophy in one season … great weed this btw …

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  • danuneek

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #38

    I think we should hold out for big big money for any of our decent players. And I think we should try and replace them with quality english players if we can. I would love to see us sign Tom Ince.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    If it gets down to bidding war between Psg and Monaco we certainly going to get maximum value. Since have already bought replacements in Anita and Sissoko. If Arfa leaves have no cover.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #40

    If we came 10th wold we celebrate like Arsenal when they finished 4th

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