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