Arsenal Transfer Rumours: PSG Outbid Gunners for Yohan Cabaye

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2013

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye in action during the pre season friendly match between Blackpool and Newcastle United at Bloomfield Road on July 28, 2013 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Arsenal appear set for an all-too-familiar story in this summer’s transfer window after it was reported by L’Equipe (via 101GreatGoals) that PSG have bettered their offer for Yohan Cabaye.

Arsene Wenger lodged a bid for the Newcastle midfielder at the start of the week, believed to be in the region of £10 million. Now PSG have raised the stakes with a €15 million (approx. £12.8 million) approach.

The details are provided by 101GreatGoals: "France’s leading daily sports newspaper reports that PSG have submitted a slightly higher offer than Arsenal’s bid for Yohan Cabaye, thought to be a €15m offer."

The likelihood is that PSG’s improvement on the Arsenal bid will be met with the same indignation from Newcastle as they afforded the Gunners. Magpies owner Mike Ashley is said to be holding out for £20 million for the France international, according to Eurosport.

However, the development does confirm PSG’s intent to take the player to Ligue 1, having previously only expressed admiration for Cabaye’s midfield capabilities.

Coach Laurent Blanc is a big fan of the 27-year-old, recently revealing in the Chronicle, per Charlie Skillen of the Daily Mail, his hope that Cabaye leaves Newcastle during the summer window.

"He is a very good player, I have not changed my mind. I hope he will be at a big club come September."

On paper, PSG would appear the better fit for Cabaye’s next career move. In a World Cup year, playing in France would give him the most exposure to the media and his national team manager, Didier Deschamps, while the capital club also have a shortage of central midfielders.

Arsenal undoubtedly need extra steel in their engine room, which Cabaye would provide, but Wenger has a plethora of midfield options available to him when fit, including Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta.

Wenger’s time would be best served bolstering other areas of his squad, not least at centre-back and in attack, where the Gunners look threadbare. Injuries and suspensions to Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny mean Arsenal will likely have to field Bacary Sagna at centre-back against Fulham, while Olivier Giroud lacks competition up front.

In the absence of the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott represents their only genuine wide option, which is why reported moves for the likes of Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria, courtesy of the BBC, seem a greater priority than that of Cabaye.