Arsenal put in a ‘derisory’ bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye today and it took chairman Mike Ashley just nine words to formulate a response.
The Telegraph is reporting that Ashley, in a direct conversation with Arsenal’s contract negotiator Dick Law, responded to Arsenal’s £10.2 million bid with the words: “Which part of him do you want to buy?”
As a result of Arsenal’s bid, Cabaye was not selected in Newcastle’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the first game of their 2013/14 Premier League campaign; a match in which Steven Taylor was shown a straight red and Jonas Gutierrez went off injured.
With PSG also sniffing around, Cabaye’s Newcastle future is far from certain, but it is thought that the Magpies will demand at least £20m for one of their most important players.
27-year-old Cabaye cost Newcastle just £4.8m two years ago, so they would stand to make four times that, but it would be a huge blow to lose a player who is currently so pivotal to their fortunes.
It seems that Cabaye’s head has been turned, whether that’s by PSG’s continued comments or Arsenal’s firm offer, but much like the situation Luis Suarez faces over at Liverpool, Ashley will be in no rush to offload the Frenchman unless his price demands are met.
Expect another bid to be made by Arsenal in the coming days…