Newcastle United to sell Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20m
Cabaye appears to have played his final game for Newcastle, with the French midfielder set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain this week
January 28th, 2014
Arsenal unsuccessfully pursued the signature of Yohan Cabaye last summer although it appears that PSG have got their man, with the French champions agreeing a £20 million fee with Newcastle for the midfielder.
Cabaye has been an outstanding performer for the Magpies this season and it’s no surprise to see a big European club come calling for the 28-year-old, with Paris Saint-Germain looking to bolster their squad ahead of a Champions League double header against Bayer Leverkusen.
It appears that while the player travelled down to Norwich for the rest of the Newcastle squad for tonight’s Premier League clash at Carrow Road, Cabaye has said his goodbyes to his team-mates before heading for the French capital to take a medical with PSG.
Newcastle will receive £20 million for the player’s services, although whether Alan Pardew has time to strengthen is another matter, with only a few days remaining before the transfer window shuts.
The French international told Pardew earlier this month that he wanted to leave Tyneside, with former France coach Laurent Blanc clearly keen to acquire a player who will be representing his country during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“I’m not confident of keeping Yohan,” acknowledged Pardew on Monday. “You are talking to someone who lost Andy Carroll with eight hours of the January 2011 transfer window remaining. I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League spot could be confident. We know we have got a club interested in Cabaye, a very wealthy club and a powerful club and we are conscious of that.”
Newcastle will make a substantial profit on a player who cost roughly £4 million when arriving from Lille in 2011, having flourished in an attacking midfield role this term.