Whilst David Moyes needs time to settle in at Manchester United, his performance in the transfer market has left something to be desired. Whilst I appreciate that he can’t bear all the blame for this, United’s sluggish approach hasn’t exactly borne much fruit.
The club was too slow in their approach of Thiago Alcantara, who ended up moving to Bayern Munich. United also went in too low in their bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas and have tipped their hands to other interested clubs.
I can only hope that United don’t trip themselves up once more when they approach their next target.
Which brings me to The Mirror’s claim that Manchester United have launched a bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye.
United have spent all summer targeting technically gifted players, with vision and a good range of passing. Yohan Cabaye certainly fits this mould. At 27-years-old, he’s also just about at his peak, is a set-piece specialist and has the ability to be a game-winner on his day.
Cabaye cost Newcastle just £4.5m back in 2011, but he’s grown in stature significantly during his time in the Premier League. Whilst last year wasn’t quite as impressive as his debut season (to be quite honest, no one Newcastle player has impressed over the last 12 months), he’s still an extremely important player for Alan Pardew.
Having struggled last year, Pardew wont want to lose one of his best players. He definitely won’t want to lose him for below market-value. I find it hard to believe that he could be available for just £15m, especially with cash-rich PSG and Monaco also in the race.
Cabaye himself seems to be ready for a new challenge. He’s spoken publicly about his willingness to move on should the right offer come in. The appointment of Joe Kinnear as Newcastle’s Director of Football will have done little to help the situation. Kinnear is the man who called Cabaye, ‘Yohan Kebab’, after all.
I’m sure he’d be tempted if United’s interest is genuine. The Red Devils need to bolster their midfield and provide bit of creativity. Whilst Cabaye doesn’t share Paul Scholes competitive edge, his passing ability is up there. The thought of him linking up with the likes of Wayne Rooney (if he stays) and Robin Van Persie is rather exciting.
In terms of value for money, there are very few better options than Yohan Cabaye.
What’s your take? Should Manchester United really be in the market for this French ace?
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