Given all the big names that have been linked to Arsenal over the last week or so, Yohan Cabaye’s name is beginning to get lost in the mix. Yet we know the club’s interest in the Newcastle player is real (they’ve already lodged an official bid for him) and that he fits the typical Arsenal player profile.
With all that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cabaye in an Arsenal shirt before the transfer window slams shut. One thing’s for sure, however, Newcastle won’t make it easy.
And why would they? The Magpies have been burnt before. They’ve lost their best players countless times over the last decade. They won’t want it to happen again and will fight tooth and nail to prevent him joining the Gunners.
Alan Pardew has already described Cabaye as: “one of the best in the world in his position”.
Hyperbole or not, this statement proves how valued Cabaye is at St James’ Park. Indeed, The Star suggest that Newcastle won’t let go of the French international for under £18m.
They also claim that Arsenal are willing to offer £13m. I can’t help but wonder if the two clubs could meet in the middle to try and make a deal happen.
Cabaye himself is believed to have his heart set on a move to the Emirates. Newcastle risk having an unhappy player on their books if they don’t cash in now. I’d argue it’s in the club’s best interests to seek mutually beneficial terms with the Gunners.
Whether or not you’d view it as a defeat for Newcastle, they’d make a significant profit on the sale, given that the French ace was brought in for just £4.8m back in 2011.
Indeed, the sooner a deal is wrapped up, the more time Alan Pardew will have bring somebody else in. As the Newcastle boss has noted: “if he doesn’t stay we need to get someone equally as good.”
Amen to that.
As for Arsenal, they’d be getting a player who would be a step up on the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey. His passing range and ability over a dead-ball could elevate the club up the Premier League table and have them competing for silverware once more.
This may not quite be a win-win for both clubs, but it could come with rewards for everybody involved. It’ll be interesting to watch this one unfold over the next couple of days.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal go back in for Yohan Cabaye?
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