If Cabaye’s Fee Is Really £20M – He’s Going Nowhere


Mike Ashley will only sell his top players for top prices, well not even that, Mike Ashley will only sell his top players for ridiculously high prices like Newcastle got for Andy Carroll two and half years ago.

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Yohan Cabaye – we’d be surprised if Arsenal willing to pay £20M

And now that local papers like the Evening Chronicle are reporting the fee that Ashley wants for his favorite player at Newcastle – Yohan Cabaye – is £20M, we think there’s no way Arsenal will come up with that amount – given that Yohan had only a mediocre season last term.

So if the news in the Times today is correct and Arsenal are increasing their bid from £11M to around £13.5, that’s still 50% short of the asking price,.

And Arsenal do not like to overpay for their players – and manager Arsene Wenger even tends to be sensible in the transfer market, and doesn’t like to waste money, which make him fairly unique among managers these days.

PSG may also be interested, and they are one of those clubs who have more money than sense, and they could always come in with a £20M bid before next Tuesday rolls around.

But according to reports in France, the Paris based club have finished with their transfer business for the summer – but you never know.

The second bid from Arsenal is supposed to be imminent, and if the news is that Newcastle immediately turn it down, we cannot see Yohan becoming an Arsenal player this summer,.

And we doubt he really wants to return to France to play in French Football again, after playing in the Premier League for two seasons.

Of course PSG could offer him Champions League football every season, which Newcastle cannot, and the wages PSG would pay him would be higher than what he’s getting at Newcastle at the moment.

We’d be very surprised if Yohan Cabaye now joins Arsenal this summer, if the fee is really set at £20M.

What do you think?

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221 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Hmm…Not so sure anymore Ed.

    It can be argued that the club have turned down offers for our stars to date, but we don’t know what those offers actually were.

    What we do know is that we’ve only sold one player in 2 years for “silly money” and that was AC. Fair play, great deal by the club.

    Other than that, what we’ve seen is the club unload players that are either unhappy or causing problems for very little money actually.

    Question is, where does Cabaye fit in to this?

    Not happy? Causing problems? Potential to earn big money?

    This could be a really interesting one. I need to find a new word, as this would fall under “interesting” if I wasn’t a fan of the club. Any ideas?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    ashleys a loon tho he prob values shola at 5 mill

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, he is gone time to accept it and hope we can add more firepower out wide and up front.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Okay, to quickly jump back in to the figures again, only as a new link was posted on the last thread.

    If we’re to count transfers since Ashleys arrival, then we need to consider the cost of relegation. I don’t know the figures and I know there are payments to help relegated clubs etc, but surely this would have had an impact on the club financially and I bet this surplus of transfer money would be involved.

    Charlie…Cheers, do you know how long he’s out for?

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  • jeff

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    If u could clone each member of the team 10 times, which team of the same players would win?

    My pick is sissoko, then mbiwa/colo

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Anita should put this up in the dressing room when Pardew isn’t watching

    “The only way we can turn the possession into shots and goals is if we work on our movement in the final third a bit more.” ”We need to get in behind the strikers. Little things like that. As long as we are patient, keep the ball, then those doors will open up for us.”

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Ibiza
    No player is bigger than the club, so if he wants to leave and the 20m is upfront, MA will take it and hopefully with enough time to get a few in. I would not replace like for like, lets get Thauvin, Ayew and Gomis for only a net 5-10m spend. We have enough quality in CM, Tiote, Sock, Anita, Gosling and Bigi. Plus add in versatile Guti our squad is capable without Cabaye, we just need to add more creativity…. Geez I sound like Pardew… Oh Lord help me!!

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    very encouraging words from anita showing he knows what hes talking about!

    also how great is this from cisse
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/papiss-cisse-opens-doors-newcastle-5789391

    he seems like such a great guy, i hope we can get him some better service

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Jeff
    Santon is my pick

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Anita has spoken the smartest words regarding coaching and tactics that anyone at Newcastle has said in the last 3 years. Well done sir. Lets hope the motley crew listen.

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  • Slank

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not entirely certain that Cabaye will go to Arsenal especially for the price Newcastle are asking.

    If however he does go who is he likely to replace in their starting line-up? Is Cabaye better than either Ramsey, Wilshere or Cazoria? Definitely not Wilshere or Cazoria. Perhaps Ramsey is the most likely. What a terrible problem for Wenger who to play in midfield!

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  • fatman

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    I heard that arsenal don’t want Cabaye, that they would make an offer that they knew would be turned down, walk away then come back with a £15m offer for krull, the club knowing they will walk away if not excepted. i heard krull will not play tomorrow he might be on the bench, but Rob Elliot will play, just hope its not true because Rob calamity Elliot in goal will surly relegate us.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    ? know im being optimistic atm but, If we sold cabaye for £20m this is equal to €23m. ? will add player value in both “£” and “€”.

    Thauvin- £8.5m- €10m

    Ayew- £8.5m- €10m

    Gomis- £6m -€6.9m. (Will have to accept bid around this if he does not want to lose him for nothing to his rivals.)

    Gourcuff- £6.5m -€7.6m ( A proper attacking midfielder, this will force Sissoko back to his normal position as “box to box” midfielder. His wages are atm are not really known but he would accept 48-58k per week as France will be charging big tax.)

    Total- £29.5m – €34.5m

    So we just spend an extra £9.5m from the Club or from “Ashley’s” pocket.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda
    It’s a very nice little statement but says a lot,straight out the Ajax manual for football I think.

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  • banjax

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    So Cabaye stays. But do we want him to stay after his display of disloyalty to the club. He could have continued to play like Rooney did, professionally, until his desire to move bore fruit. He would have had a lot more respect from the supporters if he had chosen this route. For me the guy has shown his true colours and I doubt whether we would get the best out of him anyway.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Sydney…Agreed, no player is bigger than the club. I wouldn’t have any issue with £20m upfront at all tbh, as long as that then went in to the team.

    My main point was though, that we all go on about these silly money sales, but we’ve only actually seen one to date. Given the problems that seem to be connected with the Cabaye sage, I wonder whether the will fit in to the we hold the cards or we need rid category.

    I know which one they will try for, just wondering how successful they’ll be and if they don’t get what they want, will they keep him or offload for what we can get.

    Just thinking out loud basically 🙂

    Now, on to this sounding like Pardew… 😉

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  • Slank

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    fatman @ 12

    Why would any club let alone Newcastle sell their top keeper leaving themselves with only one other at the club?

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    I think as a team we loo much better playing 442 than 4231 as the striker gets less isolated.

    put it this way, when we finished 5th, we conceded less and scored more

    3 players in the middle is often associated with defensive solidity but that has not been the case for us because we have not been able to mount an attacking threat

    when you are not attacking, you are defending, so having a lone front man lose the ball is just piling pressure on our back line

    man utd played carrick and cleverley cm against an attacking line up of hazard de bruyne oscar and schurrle

    they did not get overrun, 2 in the middle is perfectly adequate if they know their positions, with carrick sitting right infront of the defenders intercepting and tackling

    we play with two players doing this job sometimes and get cut through like a knife through butter

    i think we should give sissoko and anita as a midfield two some time to gel and see what happens, as after all for their first game, it wasnt bad at all, and we actually kept a clean sheet which we havent looked like doing for a long time

    theres a reason so many teams play 442,including man utd, psg, and now city- its the most balanced formation if ustilised correctly

    we just need a hold up/linking striker who can do sholas job better

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    nut

    an ajax setup is what ashleys has in mind starting with employing jfk haha

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  • RooneyToons

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Haha Turkish fan

    You can only dream hey…. I was positive up until the start of the season.

    Now I’m beginning to think its all a plan to get pards out. We would of signed someone by now and I think if we get anyone in it’ll only be a loan

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  • jimBOB

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    the only positive I have taken over the last few days involves this below quote

    “Last week we flew to Nice, and we were met by a private helicopter transfer to Mike Ashley’s yacht off St Tropez, and we spent seven hours thrashing out every idea, and how we plan to take the club forward.

    now I know where he has his boat, i can go sink it.

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Ibiza

    We was having a real go!! A little Pardew for you haha

    I agree, thinking that they will sell him regardless or we give him a bumper contract. Ba was the same, kept his clause in, got his move to CFC and now Cabaye is forcing his way out. Let him go I say, even if half is spent on the squad, I want to see heart from the players. I am more shocked that Cabaye is disrupting harmony when we have a noted trouble maker in Ben Arfa.
    Turkish
    I like your thinking, add creativity around CM not in it. Although Cabaye is quality, we have become really predictable. Lets get in some wide quality and another striker and we can do well, still need a manager to use the squad to its full capacity.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    A team of Santons!? We’d be spanked every game, we’d see 11 players in the opposition’s half slowly making their way back into position while the opposition run rings around us! haha

    Also, don’t understand where this assumption that I hate midgets has come from. Don’t think they like being called midgets either, think dwarf is the politically correct term, could be wrong though.

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    If we sell him for less than that £20 Million now we’ve screwed ourselves in the future. MA put a price tag on Cabaye, no discounts, not Sports Direct sales…that is his asking price. Anything less and clubs will know we are easily manipulated in dealings. MA is tight in negotiations when it comes to buying so he should act the same when it comes to selling players in high demand. If PSG are out and Arsenal’s bid is not big enough then Cabaye better strap on a pair and start earning is place not only in the Newcastle side but also the French side.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Thauvin has skipped training and has gone on strike. I guess given peoples attitude to Cabaye no-one wants Thauvin anymore then??

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  • BandB

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Ed,

    We stuck out for £20 million for Tiote last year, and we now have a player worth less than half that.
    If Ash gets an offer for near £15 million, three times what we paid for him, do you think he’d turn it down?
    Is he ever likely to be worth more? Another poor season and he might be worth £10 million.
    The “silly money” phrase is trotted out to infer the club doesn’t really want to sell. And as Ibiza says, there were plenty, like Enrique, who went for pretty much their market value.
    The Chronicle fills its back page with whatever the club is offering that day.
    It’s called churnalism, the uncritical rehashing of press releases, and comes about when a paper can’t afford to upset the powerful sources of its advertising income and content.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Also, I am at pains to add, it is not conclusive that Cabaye has refused to play, this is a media rumour that was leaked by Lee Ryder who writes for a paper that is largely sympathetic to the club and this regime, admittedly less so in recent weeks but the point is the same.

    Who is to say that a “club insider” didn’t leak this info to Ryder and he then broke an exclusive story for us to swallow whole. This “insider” may have been someone directed by Ashley or Kinnear to tell us that Cabaye has refused to play to simply turn us all against him so the fall out from selling him will be minimal.

    Just a theory.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Ruddy,
    You have just offended both dwarves and midgets. They are two distinct groups. Shame on you.

    Not sure of the distinction, but I’m sure you could easily find it online…

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Lilongwe

    Can’t say that I can find the article that has said he has skipped training, do you have a link to the story lad?

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  • Mondini

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Cabaye is PSG bound. Only they have an open cheque book system for £20m and above.

    If Arsenal wanted him, they would have bought him by now. It is rare for Arsenal to expose their targets as they have done, which suggest Cabaye is just a smoke screen.

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  • Thump

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    @Ruddy: Was it Lee Ryder? I thought it came from the King of Bullshit himself – Alan Oliver.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe

    Arrgh! Perhaps, subconsciously, not only do I hate dwarves, midgets, little people et al but I hate everyone! haha

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  • nut meg

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Lilo
    Also no play no pay!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Thump

    You could be right, but the first I heard of it was on Tw@tter when Lee Ryder “broke” the news, either way Oliver has his “insiders” too, which amounts to the same club-directed nonsense that leaves me to believe that it is a non-story.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #35

    Mohammed Ali ?@mohammedali_93 20m
    Lille on #Thauvin: “As an employee, he will obviously not paid while not working. We are respectful+determined our position remains the same
    Retweeted by Get French Football

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #36

    Thauvin has done pretty well on loan to Bastia last season, but does he merit going on strike? I mean, the guy is still young and could benefit from staying at Lille a while longer.

    Must be honest, not too impressed with the attitude of a player who gets that big for his boots at such a young age.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #37

    GFN France just had a tweet with a quote from a Lille official in a press conference saying that while he wasn’t playing he wouldn’t be paid, but that they would not back down from their stance.

    Mohammed Ali ?@mohammedali_93 18m
    Lille on #Thauvin: “As an employee, he will obviously not paid while not working. We are respectful+determined our position remains the same
    Retweeted by Get French Football

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Ruddy,
    He only signed for Lille in January, they let him stay with Bastia on loan until this summer!!! He has had his “head turned” by Marseille, but Lille don’t want to sell to them.

    Also, GFN are reporting we have turned down a 23million Euro bid from Arsenal for Cabaye…….

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  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #39

    Anita’s words suggest that he is as intelligent a footballer as some of us think. Makes me think that he NEEDS to be in our starting line up. I’m sure he can be the metronome that gets us ticking.

    On Cisse, brilliant gestures. The man has a heart of gold. Sends a lot of money to his hometown, used to be a volunteer ambulance driver, he just seems like a top top man. Hopefully we can start giving him the service he needs.

    We need to sign a winger and a striker. Would also be very good if we signed another attacking midfielder and possibly a youngish defender.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #40

    Lilongwe

    Not a chance have we turned down 23m euro, that’s practically 20m quid isn’t it?

    If a guy can have his head turned without playing more than 10 league games for his club then he certainly is one to avoid. Lille did his development a favour by letting him go back on loan to Bastia and that’s how he repays them?

    Good player, still a raw talent, but must have a mammoth ego.

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