Newcastle United appear prepared to cash in on Yohan Cabaye.
The 27-year-old has been a huge hit on Tyneside following his move from Lille a little over two years ago, in what has proved a bargain £4.8million deal. Cabaye has gone on to make over 70 appearances for the club in all competitions, whilst he has also gained increased importance for the French national side, for whom he now has 23 caps.
Arsenal last week tabled an offer of £10million for Cabaye, which was not only rejected, but also resulted in the Gunners being blasted for conducting their business as the Magpies were preparing for their first game of the new season. The midfielder was subsequently left out of the side which was soundly beaten at Manchester City on Monday night.
Arsene Wenger is expected to return with an improved bid for the player, now that his team have all but secured their place in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. And although Alan Pardew has indicated he would listen to fresh offers for his number four, Newcastle are sure to hold out for as much as £20million for his signature, especially as reports in France claim cash-rich Paris St Germain are also interested.
“The most important thing about this whole scenario is that the club wins. The club has to win, no-one else,” said the St James’ Park manager. “That is what comes first on my shift and I am manager of this football club and will do what is best for the club.
“We have had one bid [from Arsenal] and it was not acceptable. I have to be very careful in these next 10 days where there is a solution and he moves on but there is also a solution that he continues to play for us. If he stays, we need to get the best out of him.”
Arsenal, meanwhile, look set to offer Mathieu Flamini a return to the club. The 29-year-old, who spent four years at the North London club from 2004 to 2008, is a free agent following his release from Milan and has been training with Wenger’s first team squad.