Arsenal and Manchester United are both contemplating bids for Newcastle United’s France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who is valued at £15 million.
Arsenal and Manchester United both hope to entice Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye away from St James’ Park, according to the Daily Express, with a fee of £15 million mooted.
The France international has hugely impressed since signing for the Magpies in 2011, and has adapted to the Premier League superbly.
This season he has scored five goals in 16 games in the top flight, which is a fine record from his central midfield position. His reduced appearance record is down to a groin injury which sidelined him for two months, and it was during that period that Newcastle’s form dropped dramatically – losing nine of their eleven matches.
Cabaye is clearly a crucial cog in the centre of the park for Alan Pardew’s side then, and the Toon manager will certainly be reluctant to part with his prize asset – even at the Express’ quoted price of £15m.
There is a case that Cabaye isn’t the Newcastle player either Arsenal or Manchester United need, as both have passers able to sit deep in midfield in Mikel Arteta and Michael Carrick respectively.
Instead, both sides would benefit from a destroyer who can protect the defence with snappy tackling and interceptions, and if there was one Magpies star that fit the bill it would likely be Cheik Tiote.
However, with Arsenal scouting Olympique Lyon star Maxime Gonalons and Etienne Capoue of Toulouse, it would be a surprise if they moved for either Newcastle United man.