Arsenal have become interested in 22 year-old St. Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, and it could be the twice capped French international is an alternative to Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, after Arsenal’s initial bid of £11M was turned down by Newcastle United a little short of two weeks ago.
Yohan Cabaye – could be staying
There are reports in France that Arsenal will not be coming back with a further bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, and that’s probably becasue they have been told to cough up £20M for the French International by Joe Kinnear, and Arsenal don’t usually overpay for their players.
So it’s not all that surprising that Arsenal may now be looking at alternatives to Cabaye.
Guilavogui is five years younger than Cabaye and can still improve, and he would cost at most half of what Newcastle are asking for their central midfielder.
The news in le10sport.com is that Arsenal have put in an initial bid of £8.5M for the 22 year-old St. Etienne midfielder.
Guilavogui has played 15 times for the French U21 side, and in June he made his full International debut, and he usually plays as a defensive midfielder.
Josuha Guilavogui of St. Etienne
And Alan Pardew was reported to be talking to Cabaye’s agents today, and it could be that Arsenal have already told Newcastle they will not be back in for Cabaye, and now we’ll have to see if PSG come in with a late bid before next Monday night.
But if Cabaye plays on Saturday against Fulham, that probably is an indication the odds of him staying at Newcastle have improved.
Even though Cabaye has been unprofessional over the last couple of weeks we still hope the Newcastle fans will support him on Saturday, and maybe he will learn from this experience.
What do you think?
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