The truth though may well be that we are now on a journey where any real Newcastle United exclusives will be broken by Ashley’s Sports Direct News, rather than Sky Sports which we had become used to under Ashley/Llambias. After all, if you ‘own’ the news then why would you let somebody else profit from it?
It is clear PSG/Blanc are very interested in taking Cabaye but the two unknowns are what the tipping points are for Newcastle United/Ashley (how much?) and Yohan himself (how content/happy he is at St.James’ Park and where he sees his ambitions able to be realised).
With the likes of Harper, Simpson, Perch and soon to be Gosling out of the door, fans are understandably concerned that not one senior player has yet been recruited, but the manager is insisting there is just as likely to be more departures because the squad is a little ‘thick in places’;
You would guess that our opening match at Manchester City will be a prime choice and a worldwide audience will see exactly what kind of state Newcastle United are in as they attempt to bounce back from last year’s near disaster.
When Newcastle (and others) were said to be interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, St.Etienne made clear that the player wouldn’t be moving mid-season but that they had agreed the would do their best to fit in with the striker’s preferences come this summer.
This is clearly one of Ashley’s gambles that didn’t work out, a player who was brought in on the cheap when injured and has sadly never got over the serious injury setback he was carrying when he arrived from Everton.