We saw the report in Sports Direct News yesterday that Arsenal would go after Yohan Cabaye in January, after the London club were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign him in the summer, but then that report was quickly deleted for some reason.
Yohan Cabaye – could leave in January – if a club comes up with £20M
But the news has resurfaced today in the Express and in the Northern Echo, among other newspapers, that Arsenal will again try to sign Cabaye in January.
But we wonder if there’s any truth at all in this report, since Arsenal very rarely bid more than they value a player, and their valuation was £11M, and that doesn’t meet Mike Ashley’s valuation of his player, which is around £20M.
We did have a story last night that suggested Roma could be after Cabaye, and that seemed to have some credibility, because Cabaye’s former manager at Lille, Rudi Garcia is now manager at the Italian club, and Rudi knows all about Cabaye’s abilities, which have been on show in Newcastle’s last few games.
However, the new news is that Liverpool may come in for him in January, and we suppose if the Reds meet Ashley’s price, then the owner’s policy would be to sell him, even though he is reported to be his favorite player at Newcastle.
We really hope we don’t have to go through in January what we had to go through in the summer with Cabaye, but it seems that the bigger clubs will always be coming after out better players.
Newcastle will tow the party line again in January, and say they don’t want to sell one of their best players, but every single player has their price at Newcastle, and if Liverpool come in with a £20M bid, then Yohan will be gone.
It’s all (and only) about money at Newcastle these days.
Now if we were a big club with ambition, we would say Yohan is simply not available, because he’s a cornerstone of our team, and we are trying to build a side to challenge for the top six and eventually get in the Champions League.
But unfortunately we are no longer a club with that ambition, and Alan Pardew keeps reminding us we cannot compete and have no chance to be Premier League Champions, just in case we forget.
And the first club to some in with Mike Ashley’s valuation of any Newcastle player these days – then he’s out of the door.
There’s something very wrong with that policy somehow.
We assume our Director of Football Joe Kinnear is now scouting some central midfield players, in case Yohan does leave in January, since we’ll need a replacement, and that’s Joe’s job at Newcastle – to bring new players into the club.
What do you think?