Top PSG Players Don’t Want Yohan Cabaye


There’s a report in France Football that two of PSG’s very best players – Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and captain Thiago Silva – have said they don’t want the rich Paris club to sign Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, because he would be too expensive.

Sounds good to us.

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Thiago Silva – PSG captain

Newcastle’s valuation of the player is north of £20M for owner Mike Ashley to sell, and the top French club could probably get a better deal elsewhere, and that seems to be what the two PSG players are saying.

PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi is said to be looking at recruiting a midfielder from Europe – and alternative targets are said to be 23 year-old Miralem Pjanic of Roma, 20 year-old Paul Pogba of Juventus, and 26 year-old Marek Hamsík of Napoli.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata was also a possibility, but it looks like he’ll sign for Manchester United, and in any case he is cup-tied in the Champions League, having already played for Chelsea in that competition.

So if we are to believe this news, the odds of PSG even bidding for Cabaye in January may be diminishing – we hope so.

And there’s absolutely no doubt that Yohan Cabaye is a very important player for the Magpies, especially in his new role as a withdrawn striker, when he’s scored 5 goals in last 7 appearances for Newcastle.

And he has is such a skillful and intelligent player to watch – those tow goals against West Ham showed his complete class.

If only we could get this lad to sign a new long term contract  at Newcastle – and help us to become a top four side in England again.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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28 comments so far

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    This sounds like rubbish.

    As if Silva and Ibra are worried about PSG’s finances. Two players who are raking it in, vrs Cabaye who currently earns about 57k per week.

    Didn’t they just sign Cavani for a fortune too…

    If people are going to make up rumours, they should at least put a little effort into making them sound even remotely true.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone not see that come the summer if Nufc ha not signed anyone we are going to be in a lot of trouble.
    Even if De jong comes in on loan with a view to a permanent,If it doesn’t work out he will be going back top his parent club. So will Remy,Shola hopefully will not be offered another contract and its clear we are trying to off load our only forward in the shape of Cisse.
    Cabs is more than likely to be moving on. Colo is Probably off,Hopefully Obertan-Marvs-Gutti will follow.
    That’s 8 first team squad members that we have to replace which is going to take significant investment to bulk the squad back up. Do we really believe the fat controller will do this,And do we really believe it will come in this window. My answer would like to be yes but im afraid its looking very very doubtful that any signings will materialise.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #3

    did silva and ibra not cost 81 million euros from milan?

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  • Santon03

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    sounds like a tactic to lower Cabaye’s price

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  • Santon03

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    since when players gets involved in how much a plyer costs

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  • Santon03

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    nowadays they become financial/investment advisor too?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought the story was that they just wanted pjanic as they knew him better and thought he was a better player, not that it was a better deal.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    TS…The German Model:

    The basis of the German model is the 50+1 rule whereby a minimum of 51% of the club must be owned by club members. This still allows for considerable investment opportunities for private business to invest while preventing them from having overall control of the direction of the club. A Bundesliga club board is made up of delegates selected by the shareholders. That way the supporter membership associations or Mutterveiren have a direct say on the management of the club.

    The benefits to this method are clear, especially to English supporters who long for an end to the days where English clubs are subject to the whims and excesses of individual owners or uncaring capitalists who use their club to clear their own debts. Corporate interest is curtailed by the interests of the supporters. As long as the supporters have the best interest of the club at heart, that club is unlikely to allow itself to become mismanaged.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    This is an utter non-story.

    Have you heard the latest that PSG are not going to sign Cabaye because apparently Lavezzi’s cat and Cabaye’s cat don’t get on?

    Written by a guy who refused to comment on the T4C march at all in its run in because he ‘didn’t have enough information’ (despite the Chronicle running a story on it every day) yet will write stories with little or absolute zero basis in fact!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    thanks jesper

    it’s a really good policy, wonder if there are any legal issues with bringing it into place.

    It’s a shame the prem league no longer cares about it’s fans as much as it does about it’s viewers.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    ciaran

    a few have reported this…i think it’s more they know pjanic and rate him highly so would rather him than cabaye…not so much they don’t want him, just they prefer somebody else.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Working alongside this model are the DFL’s rules of governance, the Lizenzierungsordnung. These rules regulate the finances of clubs, control the levels of debt that each club should has and imposes restrictions on the amount of money clubs can spend of player’s wages, a major issue in England but also a perceived criticism of the German game and its inability to compete at European level (a view I don’t necessarily subscribe to, but that is another argument). Failure to comply with these regulations can result in the club’s licence being withdrawn and them not being able to participate in the Bundesliga.

    It should be said, however, that concerns exist about the tightness of the rules and as to what extent they are are enforced because German football is not without its problems.

    Clubs like Dortmund, Schalke and Leipzig have had financial problems in the past.

    So the 50+1 approach to club ownership is not necessarily a guarantee of good governance and Bundesliga clubs are still quite capable of having eyes that are too big for their stomachs. Furthermore, it has critics from within. Hannover 96 President Martin Kind is among them. He argues that Hannover would be well placed to compete for honours and thereby make the Bundesliga more competitive, if he could attract more investors by giving them a larger slice of the pie.

    There are also exceptions and anomalies. Bayer Leverkusen and the Wolfsburg club have their genesis as factory clubs owned by Bayer and Volswagen respectively. Hoffenheim’s rise through the leagues to the Winter Championship in 2008 was funded entirely by former player and software billionaire Dietmar Hopp.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Part of the reason I don’t come here as often is because there is an article on every non-story involving NUFC, yet he can be rather (very) selective on what to write when he wants to.

    I’m off. adios

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  • DokToon

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #14

    ciaran,

    with all due respect, is there no end to the constant sniping at ed? show him a bit of respect… i read your posts, dont always agree, but the nitpicking is kinda old, my friend….

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15

    And then there is the point you raised earlier about changing the names and so forth.

    The recent intervention by Red Bull who are the latest to try and bring sustainable top flight football to Leipzig. They took control of SSV Markranstädt, a club located not far from the city who play in a regional league in the fifth tier of German football a few years ago. Red Bull are not whole owners of the club and they are not permitted to incorporate their brand into the club’s name as they have done in Austria, the US and Brazil. However, they have changed the club’s name to RB Leipzig, changed the kits to reflect Red Bull’s aggressive branding strategy and are top of the league. The club plan to move to the Zentralstadion in Lepzig and have ambitions to play in the Bundesliga in a few years time.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Jesper
    Read through yesterday’s blog mate and who has been giving you grief pal

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #17

    The cases of Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig demonstrate that despite majority supporter ownership, neither club would be able to achieve what they have without considerable corporate backing. The price that has been paid is the identity of both clubs has been transformed and one can only imagine that were either party to withdraw their investment, the clubs could find themselves faced with liabilities that they could not meet.

    But we are seeing this en English football already; It should be stressed however, that German football’s rules on spending as a percentage of turnover should reduce the possibility of this taking place.

    It is important, then, not to over romanticise the German system. Bundesliga clubs do overspend. The league is still recovering from the excesses of the late 90?s and the demise of the Kirch corporation followed by the collapse of the corresponding TV deal that left a number of clubs in the hole.

    Having said that, the system does seem to work overall and with a broad consensus within the game. The Bundesliga is not the most glamorous league in the world (but is getting real close in my opinion). However, it continues to turn a profit, has the highest attendances in Europe and among the lowest ticket prices. The existence of subsidised attendance costs, terracing and access to free football on TV can be directly attributed to supporter’s influence in the club’s decision making.

    This sort of legitimate intervention by supporters is unheard of in modern English football. As a model for the future of the Premier and Football Leagues, you could do far worse. But what is more important, in my opinion, is that the leagues operate within strict financial parameters laid down by well put together and vigorously enforced rules that encourage good governance and fiscal responsibility.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Jazzyp…I think Ted Bundy is trying out different names and gives my grief from all angles 🙂 lol

    …and I don’t ever talk to the guy!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Am I killing the blog with this German crap? 😉 lol

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  • DokToon

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #20

    jesper,

    simply put.. yes 🙂

    just kidding, im finding it interesting…

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #21

    TS…In conclusion, I think the idea og the 50+1 rule could work there just need to be some set rules.

    The most important think is that the leagues operate within strict financial parameters and owners don’t leave communities in ruin.

    The supporters are football’s biggest assets.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22

    *think = thing

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Jesper
    Ignore him bud, All the trolls soon go away if they do not succeed in there quest to lure somebody in. Rise above em pal……..you will feel better for it

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    DT… haha 😀 I probably should have stopped after the first paragraph!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Jazzyp…after blog therapy that was more or less the overall conclusion we came to as well 🙂 lol

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I heard the ibra/motta issue was due to doubts on cabayes ability?
    Any deal with PSG for any player should include Adrian Rabiot! Currently injured but is going to be a huge player!
    Hopefully we are looking at Lyons Yassine Benzia! And Lacazette actually from Lyon! Really surprised we wrren’t linked with N”tep!
    That familiar feeling of the transfer window drawing to a close without any toon business is coming on

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  • Scottiedog

    Jan 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    So Salah is signing for Chelsea at £11m…………… gutted

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Load of bollox – since when did players on 200k a week or even 2k a week get consulted on who a club should sign

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