There was news yesterday that in an effort to move a potential transfer of Newcastle target Remy Cabella forward, a meeting has been arranged for this week between Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley, Montpellier officials and Remy Cabella’s father Hector, who is said to be acting as his son’s agent in these negotiations.
Remy Cabella – meeting arranged
While Cabella didn’t make the final squad of 23 he did make the expanded squad of 30, and is one of the seven reserves who could be called on in case one or more of the squad of 23 are injured, and no decision on his future will be made until that pre World Cup training is completed.
But unfortunately since January, when Newcastle tried to broker a deal for Cabella to replace Yohan Cabaye, there are bigger clubs interested in the player, and one of them is said to be Atletico Madrid.
They put up a terrific effort on Saturday night in Lisbon, and were leading 1-0 with two minutes of stoppage time to go in the Champions League final against local rivals Real Madrid, but they ended up losing 4-1.
Real Madrid became European Champions for the tenth time – more than any other club – and of course they won the first five competitions way back when the European Cup, as it was then known, was first started back in 1956.
One difficulty still in the negotiations for Cabella is that Montpellier are holding out for a fee of around £12M, and the more the bigger clubs become interested in the player, the better chance will be that they will get near that figure for one of their best players.
But we’ve seen these kinds of deal before at Newcastle in the last few years, one as two years ago with Mathieu Debuchy, where they tend to become soap operas and drag on and on before anything is achieved.
On the positive side, it does seem that Newcastle are working hard behind the scenes to try to complete their transfer business early, but there was even news over the weekend that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a fancy to Cabella, which would not be good news for Newcastle.
The other news was that Newcastle were back in for Lyon play-maker Clement Grenier, who would be a terrific acquisition for us, and Cabella and Grenier were the main two midfielders Newcastle went after in January, in an effort to replace Yohan Cabaye.
But trying to read the tea leaves on this Monday morning – it wouldn’t appear that a deal for either Remy Cabella or Clement Grenier is anywhere close on the horizon, and these two potential deals could drag on a bit.
What do you think?