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French Club President Says Mike Ashley Is Taking Him For A Fool

6 years ago

The Remy Cabella transfer saga is starting to remind me of a rerun of the sitcom ‘Allo Allo’, with about as many laughs.

In the English corner you have Newcastle United’s Mike Ashley with a determination never to be seen to be paying the market value for any player.

While over the Channel, Ashley appears to have met his slapstick match in Montpellier’s Louis Nicollin.

While Newcastle rely on friendly journalists to get their message/propaganda out, the Montpellier President has a much more hands/mouth on approach of giving a running commentary.

The latest interview sees Nicollin confirming that Newcastle had bid an insulting £6.5m for the French club’s prize asset who is in France’s World Cup squad.

Nicollin claiming that supposed previous Newcastle target, Florian Thauvin, joined Marseille for £13m, and that Cabella is worth at least that figure.

“The ‘great’ English club Newcastle made us an offer of 8m Euros (£6.5m) three weeks ago, which I refused.

“I don’t think Newcastle is right for him and I also think that they take us for idiots. They sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for…millions and they shouldn’t take us for fools.

“I saw Thauvin was purchased for 16m Euros and I think Cabella is slightly ahead of him, so let us say that for 16m Euros he leaves, if nobody wants to give us that he will remain.

“He has two tears of his contract left, so there’s no hurry to sell.”

If Cabella is half as good as we are led to believe after all this speculation, then in the current market I’d assume the French club’s valuation is a lot closer than Ashley’s.

On the face of it, a deal would appear a ‘little’ unlikely at the moment and to be honesyt, the whole thing is becoming too tedious for words.

Oh well, at least we can get second division Spanish strikers and free transfer workmanlike midfielders over the line…


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