There was news a day or two ago that Newcastle had put in an initial offer of £8M for Remy Cabella, and we remember in January Montpellier were wanting around £14M for their player, so it’ s not too surprising that the news today is the Newcastle offer isn’t big enough – what’s new?
Remy Cabella – coming to Newcastle with open arms?
That £14M price tag in January however would have been inflated for two reasons – one was that Montpellier knew that Newcastle had just received £20M from PSG for Yohan Cabaye, and therefore had big money available to spend, and the second was that they didn’t want to lose Cabella, because they were in relegation trouble.
But Montpellier finished 15th in the French League, but only 2 points above the drop zone, and the club have told Cabella he can leave in the summer.
And with the huge money paid out by the Premier League this month, any PL club could find the fee inflated when they go after their targets this summer.
The Journal is reporting this morning that Newcastle will have to raise their fee closer to the £11M mark if they want Cabella, and of course he is also wanted by other clubs, so let’s hope Newcastle don’t dither around too much with the fee, as we’ve done in the past – too many times.
And Montpellier President Lou Nicollin doesn’t have a good history negotiating with Newcastle either, and would seem to prefer his players to join any club other than Newcastle – for whatever reason.
Top clubs Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Marseilles are all said to be interested in the 24 year-old, and although Newcastle want to tie up their transfer business in the next four weeks. that’s going to be really difficult.
It’s a World Cup year for one thing, and also the selling clubs will hold out for more money, especially when some big clubs are interested in their player – as is the case with Cabella.
And Atletico Madrid play their neighbors Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, and the 70 year-old Montpellier President believes (or maybe he has been told) that Atletico will come in with a bid after that final game of the season, which could see Atletico Madrid win the Champions League for the very first time in their history – they were runners-up way back in 1974 to Bayern Munich when they lost 4-0.
It would be a very good time and a good omen for Newcastle to increase their offer for Cabella, and get Montpellier to sell him to Newcastle this week, and the youngster seems to be very willing to come to Tyneside, after Yohan sold him on the club.
But we all know that’s just not going to happen.
Where’s Freddy Shepherd when we need him? 😀
What do you think?