Yohan Goodbye? Five possible destinations for PSG star Cabaye
PSG and France midfielder Yohan Cabaye has spoken out about being left to sit on the sidelines by Laurent Blanc, and is rumoured to be considering a future away from the Parc des Princes side to preserve his starting spot in the national team.
The Frenchman only joined the Ligue 1 giants in Janaury 2014, making a winter window transfer switch from Newcastle United for around £19m.
Cabaye recently stated: “Have I spoken to Laurent Blanc? No. What do I tell him? I am 28-years-old and not new to the job. But I am not satisfied with the situation.
“Am I completely happy? To be honest, no. It is a new situation for me, but I don’t complain. It is the first time I haven’t played regularly for my club.
“Do I sometimes miss England? Yes. Sometimes I think about it, but I immediately sweep that away because it would cause distraction.”
With Cabaye possibly contemplating an exit, Coral writers consider five places where the midfield maestro could find a new home.
Arsene Wenger has been continuously linked with a move for his compatriot, and the Gunners seemed to be the inevitable destination for Cabaye last January, before PSG entered the picture.
It is believed Arsenal (20/1 to lift the Premier League) are still keen on the ex-Magpies midfielder, though, and are said to be monitoring his situation closely.
Cabaye would be an ideal addition to the Emirates, as a partner or alternative to countryman Mathieu Flamini, in the absence of injured Mikel Arteta.
Brendan Rodgers is consistently tipped to move for attackers after failing to properly replace Luis Suarez, but midfield is another area which could use improvement.
Out-of-favour Lucas is rumoured to be edging out of the Anfield exit, and neither of currently injured duo Joe Allen and Emre Can have yet proved they can cut the mustard.
Steven Gerrard has shown he still has what it takes to contribute alongside Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, but it is also increasingly obvious he cannot play every game.
Cabaye would be an excellent choice to compete for a starting spot in the Reds XI, but may favour guaranteed game time following his marginalisation at PSG.
The Red Devils were also strongly mooted to be plotting a move for Cabaye, before their attentions apparently turned to Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal. With those deals always looking unlikely to materialise, and Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera’s presence on the treatment table, United’s French fancy could be tickled by a potentially cut-price Cabaye.
With just Dutchman Daley Blind holding down the fort in midfield, Louis van Gaal would surely appreciate another option.
Despite having an abundance of midfielders in their ranks already, Spurs seemed to be intent on bringing Southampton shield Morgan Schneiderlin to White Hart Lane over the summer.
With that move now seemingly off the table, Mauricio Pochettino, clearly not content with his current options, could pounce for Cabaye instead, and get one over Spurs’ north London rivals in the process.
Los Blancos and La Liga seem an unlikely spot for Cabaye to pitch up in, but many a player have been unable to resist the lure of proving themselves amongst the Bernabeu’s best.
After spending significant amounts over the summer, string-puller Cabaye could be a bargain buy in the January sales for Carlo Ancelotti.
Real (7/2 to win the Champions League) have finally got in to their stride after a tricky start to the season, but their troubles were blamed on the lightweight midfield partnership of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric behind James Rodriguez.
Despite being back on track, Los Blancos, who lost deep playmaker Xabi Alonso and could also see Sami Khedira depart soon, may be in need of another alternative option alongside Asier Illarramendi. Cabaye could just fit the bill.