There have been a couple of guilty parties in the Yohan Cabaye transfer saga, with Arsenal making a derisory bid on the eve of Newcastle United’s Premier League opener against Manchester City, and Cabaye reportedly refusing to play, but now Joe Kinnear has made Newcastle’s stance crystal clear.
The time has come for Arsenal to put their money where their mouth is and either bid what Newcastle are asking for Cabaye or to stop disrupting other teams’ players, but will they pay the money?
Arsene Wenger is living in a dream world if he ever thought a £10 million bid was going to get the job done, but just in case he’s in any doubt as to Newcastle’s valuation, Director of Football Joe Kinnear has made it public.
Newcastle are requesting £20m for Cabaye, with three-quarters of that to be paid up-front as Kinnear told the Mirror: “We’ve told Arsenal our terms, the ball is in their court.”
Given Arsenal’s behaviour over the past week, it would be preferable if PSG came in and offered that money, as at least we wouldn’t have to watch Cabaye play every week in the Premier League and rub our noses in it.
However, if he goes to Arsenal and the Gunners match our valuation then fine, we just need to get rid and re-invest before the transfer window shuts.