Manchester United have been told €17 million might be enough to secure the services of exciting Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella.
Club president Louis Nicollin said the 23-year-old could possibly leave Stade de la Mosson if the Premier League champions meet the player's valuation, as reported in a French article by Montpellier-based newspaper Midi Libre and via ESPN:
If they give us 17 million euros, we'll see.
We have a deal with him that he leaves in June, not January. But everything can be negotiated, particularly with such a good little one.
Cabella’s fantastic start to the Ligue 1 season will have many European clubs on alert. The versatile player has scored five goals in 11 appearances this season playing in various positions across La Paillade’s midfield, per WhoScored.com.
His willingness to track back makes it no surprise that he has been linked to David Moyes, who is yet to land a swashbuckling midfielder who can effectively attack and defend for United.
Cabella’s speed and accurate passing would also strengthen the Red Devils’ pedestrian transitions in the centre, making him a viable signing for the Old Trafford boss.
Nicollin’s comments come after club coach Jean Fernandez suggested Montpellier are powerless if a bid arrives from across the Channel, per ESPN:
"If during the winter transfer window Manchester United offer 18 million euros, as I feel they will, he'll go," said Fernandez. "Even if it risks killing the team, we can't say no."
Cabella would become the second relatively unknown MHSC player to make a Premier League switch in recent years, following in the footsteps of Olivier Giroud’s transfer to Arsenal.
Although Giroud received a barrage of criticism during his first season with the Gunners, his emergence as a lethal goalscorer has helped Arsene Wenger’s team to the top of the Premier League this campaign.
As speculation toward his future grows, Cabella recently batted off a question asking whether he is looking to leave his homeland, according to the same ESPN report:
A departure can always happen in either January or next summer -- of course you think about it.
But I belong to a team, and for the moment I'm 100 percent focused on Montpellier. It's still too soon to talk about it.
The January transfer window offers Moyes a huge opportunity to strengthen his United squad, especially considering the newly installed manager's failure to land summer targets such as Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira, as reported by Massimo Marioni of Metro.
Cabella is a talented individual who continues to rapidly improve and vitally he still has plenty of time for further development.
At €17 million, he represents exactly the type of player Moyes must look to sign if the Red Devils are to maintain pace with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title.