PSG Transfer Rumours: Advisors in Newcastle Aiming to Complete Yohan Cabaye Deal

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Arsenal at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Yohan Cabaye could be returning to his homeland, as Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Olivier Letang allegedly arrived in Newcastle to negotiate the transfer of the French midfielder, per French football journalist Jonathan Johnson:

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph also reports activity surrounding Cabaye. The North East team rejected an initial bid of £14 million for the player from the Parisian club's Qatari owners.

Edwards reports that Newcastle believe bidding could exceed £20 million as the transfer window approaches its imminent closure. 

A move to Paris would indeed be a lucrative one for the experienced international player, but it could be the wrong move for him at this point in his career, as Danny Griffiths of the Metro explains:

Cabaye fears his long-term prospects will not be suited by a move to Parc des Princes, especially as PSG are lining up a summer move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and already have Thiago Motta, Mohamed Sissoko and Javier Pastore in a hugely talented midfield.

Griffiths is correct. There is no doubt Cabaye would earn a huge salary in Paris, but with a World Cup around the corner, does the player want to be sat on a diamond-studded bench?

Cabaye has recaptured the form that brought him to initial prominence when he joined Newcastle, scoring seven goals in 19 games, per Squawka, and creating 33 chances. 

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew shows his delight as he watches goal scorer Yohan Cabaye (4) run to the bench to celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wigan Athleti
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It is the kind of form Alan Pardew dreamed the midfielder would have this season after nearly losing the player in the summer. 

However, it is not hard to envisage either Arsenal or Manchester United moving for the player, as outlined by the Metro

United specifically are in dire need of strengthening the midfield area after the capture of Chelsea's Juan Mata. Cabaye would be the perfect addition for David Moyes, who continues his rejuvenation of the squad.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 19:  Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc attends a press conference on July 19, 2013 in Clairefontaine, France.  (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
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Cabaye is more likely to get games at United than PSG, even though Laurent Blanc has specifically asked his employers for an addition in his own midfield, per The Telegraph.

Cabaye has a huge decision to make, as staying at Newcastle could also be best for him in the short term. The six-month period leading up to the World Cup finals is the most important for any international footballer, and any move could destroy his form and reputation.

You only have to look at Marouane Fellaini for a viable example of this.