Newcastle United FC, in a move that is unpopular with many supporters, appears to be selling midfield star, Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for between £21 and £26 million. Reports vary on the final amount. Newcastle Manager, Alan Pardew, admitted in statements made after Saturday’s win over West Ham that he was concerned about losing the French star. While not wanting to lose the 28-year-old, arguably the best player on the squad, he did admit that in the Premier League, any player can be bought and sold for the right place. A contract of this size, which amounts to about a £15 million profit for the club, is apparently the right price.
The move is not official yet. Despite reports in the French media, no official announcement regarding selling Cabaye has been made. With Newcastle United likely out of the race for the Premier League title, taking this deal may help them with plans for the future. It appears to be a logical move, in light of Cabaye’s hopes for a World Cup berth on the French National Team. While most agree that there is no way he would no make that squad, the chance to play with PSG would provide an opportunity for him to showcase his abilities against some of the top talent in Europe. Given the tactical and technical skill demonstrated by the Newcastle midfielder over the course of this season, he is unlikely to suffer much for the move to the Paris giant. He shows all indications of being able to compete and excel at any level, and is projected to be a star in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Fans commenting on the report in the Daily Mail, appeared to be taking a widely differing view of the move. While likely to be immediately devastating to the club’s chances in the current campaign, the blow should not be enough to put them in relegation danger. While some skepticism exists that the mysterious reports coming out of Paris are even true, others seem resigned to the move. Interestingly, sentiment positive and negative seems directed at club owner, Mike Ashley, and not Pardew or Cabaye. The popular theory appears to be that Ashley is looking simply to recoup his investment in the club with the intention of unloading the club down the line. While purely speculation at this point, it is a widely held view. Even those supporters who indicated support for the move, in light of the possible profit and potential to acquire younger players for development, still were critical of the Newcastle owner.
Cabaye has not been shy about his desire to leave Newcastle, and would almost certainly not renew his contract when it expires in a couple of years. A contract of this size, if reports are accurate, for a clearly unhappy player, would be difficult for the club to turn down. Reports are that the only thing holding up the announcement of a deal is a desire on the part of Newcastle United to find and lock down a suitable replacement. There are reports that the club has been pursuing forward Remy Cabella from Montpellier, though that deal has not been announced, either. If this comes together, and the club is selling Cabaye to PSG, Newcastle United supporters will have the opportunity to prove that they are content taking a longer view of club prospects. The short-term will be looking fairly bleak.
By Shannon Malone