Even before the season ended, Yohan Cabaye instructed his representatives to meet PSG officials to confirm what his status was with regard to next season.
The message was clear, Manager Laurent Blanc rated other players ahead of the former Newcastle player and that is before any potential new signings this summer.
Manager of the national team, Didier Deschamps, when meeting Yohan Cabaye, said that he needed regular club football to be in with a chance of France’s Euro 2016 squad.
Yohan Cabaye made public that his only course of action was to leave Paris, with the Premier League his division of choice.
A number of clubs have been linked with the player, amongst them West Ham, Southampton, Arsenal, Spurs, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and predictably, Newcastle United.
News now though that Southampton have suddenly become favourites to buy Yohan Cabaye, with a number of bookmakers now making the playmaker odds-on to be at St. Mary’s next season.
I have to say that I can only envy the way that the Saints do business, backing their managers and when players (or managers…) leave they go out and make sure they get quality to replace them, what a strange concept…
The thing is, they do what it takes and aren’t hindered by daft rigid rules imposed by the owner.
Players such as Pelle and Long were brought in last summer in their late twenties and given contracts taking them into their thirties, whilst at the same time investing in other players such as Sadio Mane and Fraser Forster who have most of their careers ahead of them.
Yohan Cabaye is 29 and sadly because of price, wages and age, Newcastle appear to be ruled out on at least three counts.
Southampton have been pursuing Sevilla’s exciting 25 year old Polish midfielder, Grzegorz Krychowiak, but an offer of £9m was knocked back as the Spanish club are said to be holding out for nearer £20m.
The reports then claiming that they have taken the pragmatic approach and gone for the next target on their list, 29 year old Yohan Cabaye. Continuing their policy of going for good players no matter what age they are.
If ‘Dreamboat’ ends up at Southampton I’d be interested to see how he/they do get on. Last season they played great football with a mix of home grown talent and bought in quality signings that they spent significant money on, once again massively outspending Newcastle.
Yohan Cabaye will be champing at the bit after being a part-time player at PSG and with the need to perform to keep his place for France.
He could have been class for Newcastle once again but it looks like it isn’t to be.