Montpellier Chairman Defends €15M Cabella Fee

Montpellier’s 70 year-old Chairman Louis Nicollin has said his €15M I (£12.2M) valuation of his top midfielder Remy Cabella, is a fair one, after he turned down Newcastle’s offer last week of €8M (£6.5M) for his winger.

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Remy Cabella – Montpellier want €15M

Nicollin now wants just less than twice what Newcastle have initially offered, but we have to remember that the Montpellier Chairman simply doesn’t like Newcastle, and he has already told Cabella that Newcastle would be a poor choice of club.

This is what Nicollin has told Midi Libre today:

“OM bought Thauvin for €15M and he isn’t as good as Cabella.”

Cabella has been told he can leave Montpellier this summer, after he helped his club just avoid relegation last season.

Marseilles vastly overpaid last summer to sign a Newcastle target Florian Thauvin from Lille,  for a massive €15M.

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Louis Nicollin – Montpellier Chairman

We expect Newcastle to increase their offer for Cabella, but maybe only by a couple of million, and if we were to hazard a guess,  we’d say that Montpellier will sell Cabella for a lot less than €15M, but maybe not to Newcastle United.


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30 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 4, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1

    I reckon they’ll take 12 Million (EUR) but we’ll go as high at 10 Million (EUR).

    I’m currently over in France (just north of Toulouse) and according to the newspaper’s around here and friends based locally, Nicollin is considered an absolute tool and doesn’t just have a ‘hatred’ for us but anybody who tries to buy any of his star players – nonetheless he’s arrogant and stubborn which is why I think we’ll struggle to get this one over the line!

  • Kebabacus

    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #2


    Tavernier Streete Taylor Dummett

    —-Colback Carrick Sammy

    —Campbell Shearer Armstrong

    Geordie(ish) team for next season? 😉

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #3

    This bloke is as nutty as they come. He loves us like dosn’t he..

    Can’t help but feel he is only doing what he can and trying to squeeze as much out of the deal as possible.. Fair enough.

    For me, this player in this day and age is probably worth £8-8.5 million max.

    He is untested in this league.

    Get on with it NUFC. Prancing about in France trying to get bargains on cheap wages. Pay the money which the club recieved for nothing! And also the profit from Cabaye’s sale!


    Have we been here before? lol!

  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Just offer Nicollin what he wants then withdraw the offer – give him a taste of his own medicine.

    Seriously though, offer him €10m and remind him of how Murray won his semi after the French crowd demanded the fifth and possibly winning set be played out tonight.

    Great comeback by Murray though.


  • Thump

    Jun 5, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #5

    @Tom: We won’t struggle, we just won’t. Unless he hands in a transfer request, we just won’t meet his valuation.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Paying over the odds is a mugs game. For all Ashley’s faults, this isn’t one of them.

  • Blofal

    Jun 5, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think I would pay more than €10 mill for him.

    Too many players don’t fare so well in the Premiership. He won’t have as much time and space. If they want €15 mill then take him on loan with an option to buy.

  • swemag

    Jun 5, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Strange how weirdos are drawn to weirdos…what a couple, Nicollin and Ashley.

  • WhyteThunder

    Jun 5, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Asking price goes up after lots of media saying NUFC looking to offload Mbiwa. Maybe they are angling for a swap and cash.

  • goommy

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Just paid and get his ass to SJP!! XD

  • cyprus

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Santon should go the same route as Colback: from left back to MF. And he’ll be better at it too as he’s a much better footballer.

  • Blofal

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Cyprus having Santon LB and Colback LM will enable Santon to get up the ground a lot more I would imagine.

    Colback has also played at LB for Sunderland so hopefully they can build a good relationship and cover as required. It would give them both a lot of freedom.

  • cyprus

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Paying over the odds is a mug’s game, but, if a player’s value doubles or quadruples in a couple years then you didn’t pay over the odds right? For example, we could’ ve paid like 12 mil for Cabs and that would ‘ve been still been more than fair given our eventual return, right?

    To clarify: if this player is that good, then pay the asking price immediately!! We are not in the retailing business (i.e. buying and selling), I hope.

  • cyprus

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #14

    true. It’s just that, Santon is miles better as a footballer than both Haidara and Dummett, yet, of the three, Haidara is better suited at LB. So, Santon is left hanging or on tyhe bench which is a bit of a waste. Especially given the fact that he’s one of the few players who actually wants to stay and develop his career here.

    But the partnership you mention is a good idea.

  • firebug666

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #15

    When Santon played on the right wing for us he was really good, In fact that is the position he scored his only goal for us from.

    I’m not sure but I think he started out as a right back and so plays his best football on the right.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #16

    You know all this hassling over the fee for Cabella could have been done between January and the end of season. If they haven’t agreed on a price by know and neither won’t botch then MOVE ON ALREADY!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Talk about lingering!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Cyprus…I get what you mean mate, but it’s not like teams are queuing up ready to offer £12M for Cabella is it? 😉

  • firebug666

    Jun 5, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #19


    I agree, sick of all this speculation, most of it is paper rubbish anyway. But even if we met this asking price I think Nicolin would move the goal posts again, as he does not want to sell to Newcastle.

    As for Newcastle, the only thing they work hard on is excuses.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #20

    They always seem to be looking to buy for the 6-7 million mark. For me, this is the regimes marker.

    And then they hope to at least double this amount within 2-3 years over their 5 yr deals. Ideally, they want more Cabaye’s in that respect, this is the perfect scenario for Mike Ashley.

    Ben Arfa, Santon and Tiote havn’t came to fruition in this respect due to consistency and injury problems.

    Debuchy is there and ready, and I’v a feeling Mike will be happy to cash in and double his money after the world cup. Job done.

    Hey? Who wants to build a stable team and squad anyway eh!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #21

    You’re dead right Mashers is no mug, his selling of Milner for a paltry 11M got us relegated on cost US 50M and his penny pinching over Debuchy that year almost got us relegated, dead right Jimmy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #22

    That season we finished fifth it was clear to anyone with a morsel of a footballing brain what happened to results when two of our three CBs were injured and considering one of them averages about 14 games a season the writing was on the wall, so what did we do going in to an EL campaign, buy a 5.6” midfielder because the three stooges were expecting a 20M+ bid for Tiote.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye was more the exception than the rule, and he wanted to leave. Most players don’t appreciate in value to that degree or anything like it. Can’t see how he is a good example of why we should be paying more for players generally speaking.

    From what I’ve seen of Newcastle they buy at what they believe is a good price and try to hold onto their better players, but they work within financial constraints regarding transfer fees and wages. Fair enough, so do the likes of Arsenal.

    I think the weakness in the approach so far has been not buying in positions where we specifically need strengthening and also failing to buy when we need it resulting in lack of quality in depth. I suppose with the number of young players potentially now poised to step up and money available to spend we are better placed than ever to build a more successful side. I think its a question of how competent we are, as much as how fiscally prudent we remain.

    I believe Ashley, Pardew and Carr are trying to put together a good side that can threaten the top six, but they’re not going to abandon their ongoing strategies and nor do I think they should. But it is their policy, so they’ll have to cop the backlash if they don’t deliver, but I wouldn’t discount the possibility that they’ll succeed either.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #24


    Exactly, and when Tiote or Cabaye didn’t go, Anita couldn’t get a game for most of last season.

    They only think of the profit wheel and this cycle they think they are so clever at. It all revolves around money.

    When you look at it properly, and see how they operate, it’s unbelievable how they actually sell season tickets.

    It’s impossible to have any success chopping a changing your best players once they play well and have a good season, this structure goes against any sort of success or ambition.

    As fans, what exactly are we supporting here? A money wheel for Mike Ashley which comes with a very slim chance of any success.

    Any success is purely down to luck under this regime.

    With the books now balanced and alot of revenue coming into the club, they cannot hide behind this excuse anymore and penny pinch, yet they still behave like it and operate the club as such.

    It’s became far too tedious now. It’s a disgrace really.

    Bedtime for me mate, catch you later.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Nicollin is a joke! Thauvin cost that because of his potential! Hes 4 years younger than cabella , is 5 inches taller, has Ben Arfa like control and is noticebly quicker than Cabella! He cost €15m because NUFC and Arsenal had both offered that but he wanted to stay in france for his development! By the time thauvin is cabellas age he could be in an elite class like ribery with his potential.
    Cabellas not bad, looks good on a highlight reel but hes very lightweight, lovesca good dive too

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Are you so blind as to think they’re trying to build a top six team with a strategy, there isn’t a fuskin strategy and hasn’t been in seven years, it’s being made up as it goes along in the name of maximum profit look at my two posts above, if a top six finish happens by chance then so be it but they’re certainly not planning for it, and where do yiu get this notion we try to keep our best players, does Pardew not come out and actively advertise every single one of them before each transfer window.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Yes, should never of sold Milner and yes Debuchey was bought too late. There’s been a laundry list of decisions based on finances that have cost us on the pitch and appear a false economy. Still doesn’t mean the policy isn’t better placed to succeed now than in the past, which seems a realistic view to take, seeing as Ashley likely isn’t about to start changing his attitude.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Jail, I don’t agree. I think there has been a strategy, but one that wasn’t going to result in a truly top side. I don’t think they’re likely to deliver one now, but I think we are better placed than we have been in the past to build one to threaten the top six.

    You might be right, who knows, but surely you recognize you might not be.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 5, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Don’t really think Carr does that great a job. I know we’ve made profit on cabaye but we got him on a lucky release clause, he wasn’t an undiscovered gem, the whole of france knew about his quality and lille turned down 10m bids for him before that clause was active.
    Our recent transfer successes have come from signing proven international quality players ie: debuchy, Ba, Tiote, Remy that had numerous caps and a real pedigree.
    We don’t develop raw talent, we should stop buying it its pointless! To compete we need some players at their peak

  • 31shadows

    Jun 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Almost farcical, the fickle footy fan stays true to form. This and other blogs is populated by numbers of so called MAGS who continually shoot the board and players but when the club decided snot to held to ransome by another owner they instantly tell everyone that he’s now wrong and only they know the worth of the player in question or as in some cases they have mates or contacts who know better.
    To chairmen both trying to run clubs and maximise their end. It’s football children get used to it.


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