Newcastle United are closing in on Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella in a £7 million deal leaving behind the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella has made his mark in Montpellier colours few seasons back, and it had attracted the interest from a host of European clubs. The midfielder was highly rated by the scouts of English Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United and European sides Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco were also closely monitoring his progress.
Remy Cabella wow’ed the spectators of Ligue 1 with his immaculate displays as an Attacking Midfielder. He was also seen playing on the wings and as a deep lying play-maker. Montpellier number 10 is versatile enough to do any midfield duty for France national team, and is listed as one of the stand byes for FIFA 2014 World Cup. 24-year-old midfielder made his Ligue 1 debut in 2010-11 season while on loan at Arles-Avignon and has gradually progressed into a fine footballer.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Newcastle United head coach Alan Pardew are two managers keen on French talents and there was no wonder when the duo registered their interest on the goal scoring midfielder. Remy Cabella’s return of 24 goals in 97 appearances for Monpellier, has also caught the attention of Manchester United, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea. A bidding war expected between the English Premier League sides, as Monpellier president Louis Nocollin told Remy Cabella that he can leave for Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United. It was a ploy from Montpellier president to ward off the interest from Newcastle United and he asked Remy Cabella to move to a bigger club.
“Newcastle? They’re good, aren’t they? Don’t make me laugh. In England, you should play at Arsenal or Chelsea or either of the Manchester teams at a push. We promised to let him leave. But I’ll advise him not to leave for just anywhere. I wouldn’t prevent him from leaving but he’s not made for that. He must find a good French club [like] Monaco or PSG. Remember all the big players. First of all, they left their team, they went to a bigger French club and then they left [France] and had their career. Remy should do the same.”
Monpellier had done business with Newcastle United over Mapoe Yanga-Mbiwa in January 2013. Ligue 1 club president quoted his example to reason his logic.
“For my dear Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle [United] is not paradise.”
Newcastle United had tried to sign the Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, after their talisman, play-maker Yohan Cabaye left for greener pastures of PSG. Newcastle failed to land Remy Cabella during the winter transfer window and the Geordies failed to arrest their slide in Premier League. Alan Pardew is keen to make amends for that and on top of his priority list is replacing Yohan Cabaye.
Remy Cabella is regarded as a fast and agile creative midfielder, and reports in Guradian states that the Montpellier number 10 is closing in on a move to Newcastle United. Remy Cabella was high on Alan Pardew’s wishlist for quite some time and the Newcastle United manager believes in his abilities to restore Newcastle’s pride and ambitions next season. Montpellier are demanding £12 Million for the players services and the clubs are expected to reach a settlement in the coming days.