The Sunday People and former Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver along with Neil Moxley are reporting that Yohan Cabaye, who turns 29 later this month, could make a return to Newcastle in January.
Yohan Cabaye – could he return to Newcastle?
PSG are willing to give Yohan Cabaye back to Newcastle (because they don’t want him at PSG), in exchange for Newcastle’s new top midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Newcastle are asking £16M for the 25 year-old Sissoko, but the People report has increased that price to £20M – probably because that’s what we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for a year ago – and it ties up the loose ends, and would presumably be a straight exchange of the players.
Arsenal are also keen on Sissoko, and if you believe the reports we have already turned down an £11M bid for him from the north London club, and Arsenal are still interested, and may return with an increased bid.
PSG are basically trying to unload Cabaye, because he hasn’t fitted in at PSG, and that could be a warning to Sissoko too, because the Paris club have lots of talent in central midfield as Cabaye can attest to.
This is what a source told Sunday People Sport:
“Sissoko has been awesome for us in recent weeks. But that’s what we expected from him.” “When we watched him for Toulouse, he was heading them out at one end and within a few seconds he was charging into the other box, so we knew he was the man for us.”
Yohan Cabaye has had his time at Newcastle and wanted to leave for a Champions League club, and he got his wish, but it just hasn’t worked out.
But we’d be very surprised if Mike Ashley would do a swap deal where he loses Sissoko for Cabaye who is three and a half years older than Moussa and will not improve – whereas Sissoko has already shown great improvement this season.
It may make a good Sunday newspaper story, but it would make no sense to Newcastle United.
How much better off would Newcastle be having Yohan Cabaye and losing Moussa Sissoko – not much – if at all.
Anyway – that’s what we think.
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