Newcastle United have rejected an opening bid from Arsenal FC for midfielder Yohan Cabaye, while the Gunners are also keen on Juventus youngster Paul Pogba.
Arsenal are in a state of crisis now. After a disappointing summer, where initially the board insisted that the club will finally spend and compete with the big boys in the transfer market, Arsenal lost their opening match at the Emirates to Aston Villa. More than the result, the squad is perhaps on the thinnest in the league at the moment with a host of first team players out injured. Arsenal started the summer on a positive note as they managed to clear out most of the dead woods, but what has hurt them is the fact that they haven’t managed to sign replacements. The current Arsenal squad lacks both in depth and quality, and with the all-important Champions League qualifier in the horizon, Arsene Wenger will even struggle to field a first team eleven in that match.
The fans are up in arms and have demanded an explanation from the board and the manager for their current predicament. Some reports in the last few days even suggested that Arsene Wenger might leave the club if Arsenal fail to beat Fenerbahce. Like two season ago Arsenal could be very well forced to make panic buys in the transfer market before the window closes. But the problem that they are likely to face now is that very few clubs will sell their key players at such a late stage of the transfer window. Moreover, everyone is aware that Arsenal are desperate to sign players and have substantial transfer kitty, which will result in players being substantially overpriced. But desperate times call for desperate measures, Arsenal will need to overpay in order to save this season.
Arsenal have made their first move in the transfer market after the Villa debacle, and they have submitted a £10.2 million opening bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye. But Newcastle were quick to reject this bid, which was termed as ‘derisory’ by the club. After Arsenal negotiator, Dick Law, spoke about this offer to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, it is understood that Ashley’s replied “Which part of him to you want to buy?”. Dick Law actually had to convince him that this was an actual bid from Arsenal and not a prank.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew also disclosed this bid to the press, ahead of their match against Manchester City last night.
“On the eve of the game we have had a bid which we don’t think is acceptable. I’ve got to put a team out here tonight that I think is going to get us a result.” – Alan Pardew said.
It is believed that Arsenal might consider a second bid, but reports suggest that Newcastle are unlikely to sell Cabaye for anything less than £25 million. PSG and Manchester United were earlier linked with the midfielder, and Frenchman has hinted that he is open to a move away from Newcastle United.
There are question marks over whether Cabaye is the type of midfielder Arsenal require at the moment. The Gunners’ biggest problem at the moment is the fact that they don’t have a replacement for Mikel Arteta. Cabaye is unlikely to prosper in that role for Arsenal as he is better in the attacking half than in the defensive half. Arsenal need to sign a defensive midfielder and Cabaye doesn’t fit into that role. But given the club’s inactivity in the market, the fans would probably welcome anyone at the moment.
Reports from Italy also suggest that Arsene Wenger is also interested in former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Arsenal are believed to be preparing an opening bid for the youngster, although it seems highly unlikely that Juventus would entertain any bid for him. Antonio Conte rates him highly and sees him as an integral figure in the squad for the future. Pogba has already impressed in his debut season for the Italian champions and also captained the France U20 side to a World Cup win this summer. He would definitely add a lot of steel to the Arsenal midfield, but for the Gunners need to make a move for a more realistic target.
There are also talks about Arsenal re-signing Flamini, who is currently training with the Arsenal squad, although he is no longer same player who left the club for AC Milan. Frimpong remains the only defensive option in the midfield, but youngster’s progress has been halted by injuries and isn’t someone the Gunners can rely on at this moment.