Last summer owner Mike Ashley put a price tag of £25M on his top stars, and he didn’t want to lose any of them – but every player at Newcastle has their price, it’s just a high price for our best players.
Yohan Cabaye – most likely to leave this summer
And that strategy seemed to work well last year, as we lost none of our top players, although there was a circus in town with Demba Ba’s representatives continually stirring things up by mentioning clubs who could be interested in signing the striker for the £7M release clause in his Newcastle contract.
So the news today that Newcastle will demand £25m for Yohan Cabaye if Paris St Germain do follow-up their interest in the player. is not too surprising.
It was hinted strongly when former French and Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc became the new PSG manager, that Yohan was their number one target – but again whether that’s true or not, it’s always hard to say in this silly season.
We’ll see how Newcastle handle some of the bids that come in for some of our best players, with Yohan being the most obviously player other clubs want – and Monaco have also expressed an interest.
And we’ll get a chance to see how good Joe Kinnear is at his new job as Director of Football, after we’ve been reminded of the baggage the Dublin-born former Tottenham player carries around.
Reports in France suggest PSG are coming in with an initial £18M bid, and we do think that if they increase that bid by about a third, then Yohan could be on his way.
And maybe that’s why we’ve been linked with FC Twente attacking midfielder Leroy Fer.
There were reports that Cabaye was interested in leaving Newcastle late last August, when some big club, thought to be Arsenal came in for him, and his comments this summer have hardly suggested he is keen to stay on Tyneside.
And supposedly he is not too happy with the stupid comments made by our new Director of Football either – but who is?.
If any top player leaves Newcastle this summer the odds are on it being Yohan Cabaye – and he could go to either PSG or Monaco with the betting being he would move to the Paris based club, who can offer him Champions League football.
But that would be a step down in class for Yohan from the Premier League, with the French League being ranked only number six in Europe.
To a large extent it depends what Yohan wants to do, and if he’s itching for a move away from Newcastle, we should let him go, but only for £25M in cash up front.
What do you think?
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