Newcastle Lose Out On Remy Cabella Because Of Insulting Offer
The Montpellier President Louis Nicollin has confirmed that Newcastle United offered only £6.5m for prize asset Remy Cabella and that he is happy he didn’t take that insulting offer for the French international.
Cabella was on the reserve list for France’s Brazil squad and ironically injury to another alleged Newcastle target, Clement Grenier, had led to the Montpellier playmaker being called up to the full squad.
On the back of this Nicollin is confident that this will ensure other clubs make a more respectable bid and he’s said to be looking for around £12m for his star player who scored 14 goals from midfield last season, almost single-handedly saving the French club from relegation.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Nicollin had this to say about Cabella’s call up for Brazil;
“I am happy because he is a great kid.
“This also shows the quality of our academy and it is very likely I will go to see all the national team’s matches.
“I am happy I didn’t sell him for €8m (£6.5m) to Newcastle United.”
You can understand Montpellier’s derision at Newcastle’s offer, having sold Yohan Cabaye for around £20m, to then expect to go and get a French international goal scoring midfielder for a third of that amount is pretty outrageous.
Yes, it is great if you get away with it, but obviously long-term clubs are going to wake up to the fact that if they hold out they will get a lot more for players. Cabaye and Sissoko were only bought on the cheap because of their contract situations.
Mike Ashley messing about like this when Newcastle United have no goal scorers or creativity is football suicide, especially when Montpellier are clearly up for selling and a realistic bid would have landed him.
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