News today that Arsenal are likely to make an improved offer for Yohan Cabaye this week, and they may go up to £15M, but we would expect Newcastle to turn that bid down immediately – whatever Yohan Cabaye may say or do.
Yohan Cabaye – hopefully the price will go up
Yohan’s already dropped out of our first crucial game last night, so he’s obviously operating in his own interests here – and it seems a case of screw the team as long as he gets the move he wants.
The other way of looking at the situation is he’s only trying to do what’s best for his family, and get a good deal at another club that’s much bigger and has a lot more ambition than Newcastle United does right now.
The London Evening Standard is reporting that Cabaye is keen on leaving Tyneside, and there was even news about a year ago that Arsenal came in for the Frenchman, and as Alan Pardew suggested last September – it tuned the Frenchman’s h head then.
Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Cabaye’s situation, and have asked Newcastle to keep them informed of the developments, but don’t be surprised if they wait until Arsenal have finished bidding and then make their own bid.
The other scenario is that if an Arsenal bid is accepted by Newcastle, PSG will immediately bid that and hope to lure Cabaye to Paris with a bigger wage offer.
The Standard is reporting that PSG are willing to offer £15M for Cabaye – and the London club have said they will match that.
But Newcastle want around £25M for Cabaye, and we expect the Tyneside club to stick top their guns (so to speak) on the fee, and maybe the best chance of getting that will come from PSG, simply because Arsenal are usually sensible in the transfer market and don’t overpay for players.
But we are hoping that PSG have more money than sense – just like Liverpool FC has when they bid £35M for Andy Carroll over two and a half years ago.
The other important thing Newcastle need to do now is to get Joe Kinnear and Chief Scout Graham Carr looking for a possible replacement for Yohan Cabaye, in case he does leave.
But other clubs will know Newcastle have big money to spend if we do well Cabaye, and will force a tough deal, knowing that Newcastle must sign a suitable replacement by September 2nd.
And since the disaster scenario is we manage to sell Cabaye for a top fee but don’t replace him, we must be prepared to spend the money quickly.
But given Joe Kinnear’s record this summer, how many fans would back him to bring in a good replacement for Cabaye in the last couple of weeks of the transfer window?
The answer is – not many.
Given what happened last night at the Etihad Stadium, that would not be good – and yes – that’s also a huge understatement.
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