Yohan Cabaye has cast doubts over his future at Newcastle United with recent comments that he would be interested in a move to a bigger club. The France international has been linked with a switch to Manchester United in the past, and has openly admitted to press in his homeland that he would relish the chance to move to Old Trafford.
The box-to-box midfielder failed to replicate the form of his debut campaign last season, but was also playing in a Newcastle team that lacked confidence and results and were even a relegation candidate at some point last season according to bwin betting. With injury and a loss of form evident, some really think that Cabaye’s stock has dropped from one of the most rounded midfielders in the Premier League to something of a forgotten man.
However, United could well look at this as an opportunity to get an international player without having to pay an extortionate transfer fee. Although Cabaye is well-respected at Newcastle, his dip in form could well persuade Mike Ashley to part with the player for a healthy profit.
United have been crying out for a creative and energetic deep-lying playmaker for some time, with Paul Scholes retirement a key reason for the Premier League champions to buy a new midfielder this summer. Darren Fletcher has concerns over his career due to illness, Tom Cleverley is not yet the complete article, while Anderson looks likely to be sold.
Michael Carrick has been a rock for United in the misfortunes of his team-mates, but need a partner in the centre of the park to compliment his passing abilities. Cabaye’s eye for goal, endless running and enterprise would be an ideal addition to Carrick’s range of passing and positional play.
United have been linked with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, however new manager David Moyes may use a more pragmatic approach and choose someone like Cabaye who would cost less but still be as effective. Cabaye looks ready for a new challenge and would jump at the chance to play Champions League Football.
An established international, Cabaye’s acquisition would cost United in the £15 million mark, but given his abilities could well be a sensible move.