There was a false story yesterday that Yohan Cabaye had passed his medical at Monaco – and Newcastle have today rubbished that report, but we wonder if something is going on?
Yohan Cabaye – are Monaco negotiating with Newcastle for the player?
Today the betting by Sky Bet on Yohan Cabaye moving to Monaco was suspended.
They did that because a number of punters began backing the player with big money to move to the club that has already spent a whopping £110M on just three players this summer – show-offs.
They have brought in Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao for (£50M, and Porto players Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for £60M.
The betting on Monaco getting the Newcastle play-maker was 6/4 before the odds shortened and then was suspended, and the French club were favored ahead of Manchester United.
Of course Sky Bet has been wrong before, because Alan Pardew was 1/5 on to get the sack after we lost to Reading 2-1 – but that didn’t happen.
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said the following about the betting on Cabaye:
“It’s difficult to say whether the money was coming from people in the know or just due to the reports, but the size of the stakes imply those backing are convinced a deal is set to happen.”
“Monaco have been backed to sign a series of players this summer, with money coming for them to sign Patrice Evra and Nani, while they have already signed James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao as they look to re-establish themselves as a major force with the financial backing of Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev.”
It could be that Monaco do have Yohan in their sights – but we’d like to keep the French International at the club.
But if Monaco have decided they want Cabaye, they could pick Yohan up on the cheap compared to the average fee paid out for the three players they have signed so far this summer.
We think Mike Ashley would take just £25M for Yohan – but it would have to be cash up front, of course.
But we’ve been wrong before, as readers are well aware – so maybe Mike will hold out for £35M in cool cash, to match the Andy Carroll deal with Liverpool – just for old times sake?
And if happens soon, Newcastle will have plenty of time to bring in a suitable replacement, but as we said we’d prefer Yohan to stay at Newcastle.
The French International can still do a great job on Tyneside – remember – form is temporary, class is permanent.
What do you think?
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