Yohan Cabaye has been an integral part of the Newcastle squad since joining the club back in 2011. He was a significant contributor in Newcastle United’s wonderful run in the league last season and big European clubs have followed his progress at St James’ Park.
The French international missed a lot of game this season due to groin injury and underwent a surgery at the end of November. But he has made a quick recovery and marked his return with a wonderful goal from a free-kick against Reading in January, which was incidentally his first start since November.
Manchester United and Chelsea were heavily linked with the midfielder last summer with reports suggesting that Newcastle United have rejected bids from two different clubs back then. Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wasn’t too optimistic about holding onto Cabaye at the start of this season and was quoted saying in an interview – “If Yohan Cabaye gets a call from Manchester United and they tell him he is going to be the next Paul Scholes I am not going to be able to stop him.” But they did manage to keep hold of him, at least for this season.
Recent reports suggested that United will once again revive their interest in the Frenchman next summer but this time this time Sir Alex might have to compete with an old adversary, Arsene Wenger, for his signature.
Arsenal are expected to have a busy summer next season with the squad expected to undergo major changes. The Arsenal board is said to have handed over a £70million transfer kitty to Wenger to rebuild the team in the next transfer window and big names are expected to arrive at the Emirates.
Wenger has a liking for Cabaye and his presence in the midfield, and the Frenchman is said to have asked his scouts to provide him with detailed reports on the 27-year-old. But Newcastle United’s asking price might prove to be a deterrent for both United and Arsenal as the Magpies are unlikely to let go of their prized asset for anything under £20million.