Newcastle United have dropped Yohan Cabaye for tonight’s Premier League tie with Manchester City after rejecting a bid from Arsenal believed to be in the region of £10 million.
The bid for the France international, who has been linked with the Gunners plenty of times in the past, was flatly rejected by Newcastle and it is believed a much higher sum can prize him away – closer to £20m.
Newcastle famously held out to the last day of the January transfer window in 2011 to sell Andy Carroll for a ridiculous £35m, and they are in no rush to sell Cabaye who has been an instrumental figure on Tyneside when fit.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old has been left out of the squad for their trip to the Etihad as speculation intensifies over his future.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has reacted to the bid, calling it ‘unnacceptable’. He told Sky Sports:
What I can confirm is that, on the eve of a game, we had a bid for a player that we don’t think is acceptable.
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Therefore, I have to pick what I think is a team out here that’s going to get us a result.
The rights and wrongs of that bid are for other people who can make their own opinion. I know my opinion.
I don’t want to keep going over the same point that is the main focus for the media today, but my main focus is to try and get a result for the fans and players.
Pardew recently stated he did not want to sell the playmaker, however the club can be swayed if a bid is made that ” knocks us off our feet”.
He said in the Daily Star:
He is certainly not too good for us. Cabaye’s in a great place right now. You want to keep hold of your best players and he is one of the best in the world, in my opinion. He is a fantastic asset for us, has conducted himself in a very professional manner, despite all the speculation, and I admire him for that.
You are talking to a manager who has the history of Andy Carroll behind him, so you can never say never. We are vulnerable to bigger clubs if they are really decisive and make a bid that knocks us off our feet. But that is not my decision. As the manager, of course, I want him to stay and have a fantastic season here, as our fans do.
So it appears Cabaye’s absence is down to the Arsenal bid which is promising news for the Gunners in they continue to pursue the French midfielder. A £10m bid is a joke, but a start.
The attacking midfielder role is perhaps not the main position that requires strengthening, but with Oxlade-Chamberlain injured for an extensive period of the season and Tomas Rosicky injury prone, the Gunners do need another creative force. Cazorla will most likely be utilized on the wing this season if a wide player is not brought in.
Cabaye, similarly to Rosicky, can play a deeper role if required. The most worrying aspect about any deal is his recent injury lay off, but when fit he is a quality player.
What are your thoughts Gooners? Cabaye barely fixes all our problems but he’s a start. However it will require spending a chunk of dosh…