Julien Laurens says Cabaye would favour Gunners switch.
French football journalist Julien Laurens has revealed that Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye would like to be allowed to join Arsenal, according to talkSPORT.
The Gunners have reportedly had an opening bid of around £10million rejected for the French playmaker, but could return with an improved offer as time runs out for them to strengthen their squad before the end of the summer transfer window.
PSG, Monaco and Manchester United have also been linked with the former Lille star, who joined Newcastle for just £4million two years ago before becoming one of the Premier League’s most admired players.
Cabaye hinted earlier this summer that he would consider his future, and Laurens believes the lure of Champions League football is something that could persuade him to move to the Emirates Stadium.
“Clearly, the player would be interested in a move to Arsenal,” he said. “He wants to find a club that allows him to play in the Champions League year after year and Newcastle can’t offer him that.”
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has previously expressed his concern at finding a replacement for Cabaye so late on in the summer transfer window, and has stood firm on his desire to keep the player, describing Arsenal’s opening bid as falling some way short of the club’s valuation.