Newcastle United wanted to get Remy Cabella into Newcastle before the World Cup started, but events haven’t turned out in Newcastle’s favor, as our initial rather low bid of £6.5M for the French International was immediately rejected by Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin.
Remy Cabella – first bid immediately rejected
And with Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier being unable to play in the World Cup because of injury, Cabella is now in the French World Cup squad of 23, and that could mean little business will be done for the creative winger until the end of the tournament on July 13th.
And at least one reason for that is that Nicollin will be hoping that his player first of all gets some playing time for France, and then that he plays well, and that would help to push up the transfer fee of the winger.
Montpellier hope there will be a bidding war develop for their 24 year-old winger, but Mike Ashley has shown more than once that he’s not interested in paying above his valuation – for any player.
That has meant that in the past the transfer negotiations have dragged on and on for some of our targets, and that sometimes we just walk away from the deal.
And that could happen again with Cabella, although a second higher bid is expected to come from Newcastle United this week – but at best it will be around £8M – and nowhere near the £12M that Nicollin would like to get.
However, Nicollin will simply reject Newcastle’s next offer, and hope that Cabella plays well in the World Cup for France.
This thing could drag on and on this summer – something we’ve had to endure in the past, since Mike Ashley bought the club seven years ago.