After a disappointing season last year in the Premier League, Newcastle will want to go back to winning ways, and attempt to replicate the form that they showed during the 2011/12 season, in which they finished 5th, ahead of Champions League winners Chelsea.
To do this, Alan Pardew will need to recruit well, and, keep his star players at St James’ Park. One of these players is Yohan Cabaye, who was brought in from Lille for just £4m two years ago.
Since then, the Cabaye has become Newcastle’s playmaker, with most attacking moves coming through the Frenchman. The ex-Lille player has appeared in 60 Premier League matches for the Magpies, scoring 10 goals, which have mainly come from free kicks, and shots from distance.
This form saw him become a regular in the France first team, and also helped him gain interest from some of the biggest teams in the world, namely Manchester United and PSG. Now, PSG have made their interest public, which The Daily Mail says has angeredNewcastle boss, Alan Pardew.
PSG’s public courting of Cabaye will surely unsettle Cabaye, similar to what we saw with Cesc Fabregas’ return to Barcelona. Also, Newcastle’s new sporting director Joe Kineer did not help the situation by calling Cabaye, “Yohan Kebab”, which the playmaker did not react well too. The France international hasn’t ruled out a return to France, which will further the interest shown by both PSG and Monaco.
Ligue 1 will be an extremely attractive destination for Cabaye. He would be returning to play in his home country, with most likely a much higher salary, and, would be involved in Champions League football.
It looks like Newcastle are to face an uphill struggle this summer to keep their star man, but I believe that if Cabaye does express a desire to leave, they should let him go. As there are a few clubs interested in him, Newcastle will not face losing him on the cheap, as teams will try to outbid each other for him. If Pardew can get £15m+ for Cabaye, then I believe that Newcastle will have done some good business, and can spend it on a solid replacement, who will be committed to their cause next season.