The French web-site L’Equipe 21 is said to be reporting late Friday that Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has taken and passed a medical at French club Monaco, who were promoted back the French first division last season.
Yohan Cabaye – is that Monaco calling
Cabaye has been linked closely with a move to Monaco for a few weeks now, and only a few days ago their Sporting Director Vadim Vasilyev said that Cabaye was an interesting, exciting player.
Monaco have been spending money like it’s going out of style this summer, backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought the club in November of 2011.
A player takes a medical only when a fee has been agreed between the two clubs, and then the player must agree personal terms, so if this report is accurate, then both those things should have happened.
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 – so we have to assume – again if this story is true – that Newcastle got a massive fee for the French International.
There is also no income tax in Monaco, although French authorities are trying to change that, and the club’s stated intention is to get to Champions League qualification just as quickly as possible.
But L’Equipe has also been wrong in some reports like these in the past – but this is so big that we expect Newcastle to comment tomorrow morning on whether this story is true or not.
If it’s true then we hope we got big big money – like £25M (in cool cash), and at least we’ll have time to bring in a replacement.this is all started with a tweet
But a note of caution – this all started with a tweet from French Football writer Robin Bairner, and he claimed this news was on the L’Equipe 21 web-site – but we cannot find anything on that web-site about Cabaye having passed a medical at Monaco.
Robin also says the news is from a sure (trusted) source in the Monaco FC medical department.
Yohan Cabaye has been at Newcastle for two seasons since signing from Lille for £5M (£4.3M) – and he has played 73 times for Newcastle with 11 goals and 11 assists.
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