Gunners look like missing out on yet another close-season target.
Arsenal are set to be hit by yet another blow in their dealings in the summer transfer market after it emerged that big-spending Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to meet Newcastle United’s £20 million valuation of midfield player Yohan Cabaye, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The north London club upset their Premier League rivals on Sunday night when lodging a bid of £12m for the Magpies’ highly rated France international, an offer that was rejected out of hand by the north-east giants.
However, Newcastle head coach Alan Pardew was still forced to withdraw the 27-year-old from his squad for Monday night’s trip to take on Manchester City in their opening Premier League fixture of the new campaign in front of the live TV cameras, claiming that his star man’s head had been turned by the Gunners’ offer.
And now with the Geordies understood to be furious at both the timing and the size of the bid for Cabaye from the capital, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is said to only be willing to deal with the Ligue 1 champions, rather than Arsenal.
Ashley is believed to have flown to the French capital on Tuesday to meet both Cabaye’s representatives, as well as officials from the Parc des Princes, to thrash out the Frenchman’s exit from Newcastle after just two seasons with the club, during which time the playmaker has registered 11 goals and 11 assists in his 73 games at St James’.