Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cabaye Is Courted by Big-Spending Monaco

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cabaye Is Courted by Big-Spending Monaco

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Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ?

MONACO increased the uncertainty about Yohan Cabaye's future after they went public with their admiration for the Newcastle United midfielder.

The super-rich Ligue 1 club have been linked with Cabaye (pictured below) for some time, and comments by the club's chief executive will only heighten the speculation that they will target him as their next signing.

Monaco surprised the football world when they spent PS50m on Atletico Madrid's much-coveted Radamel Falcao, then followed it up by signing James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho and Ricardo Carvalho. The first pair cost PS60m from Porto.

Also on their shopping list is Eric Abidal, the French defender released by Barcelona.

He is another for whom Vadim Vasilyev expressed his fondness.

But it is his passing reference to Cabaye which will most concern Magpies fans.

"Yohan Cabaye? He is an exciting player," said Vasilyev when asked about the France midfielder.

Cabaye is the leader of Newcastle's French contingent, which now stands at 10. He will take the captain's armband if Fabricio Coloccini leaves this summer, as he did when the Argentina centre-back was injured in the second half of the season. In recent years Newcastle have made it their policy to only sell their top players for top prices and, knowing how awash newly-promoted Monaco are with money, they will certainly not let the 27-year-old leave on the cheap.

Roma and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested, while Cabaye indiscreetly expressed his fondness for Manchester United last week. Cabaye is by no means the only Newcastle player attracting admiring glances from elsewhere, but there are signs that Anzhi Makhachkala have other irons in the fire beyond Papiss Demba Cisse, although the news is a mixed blessing for the Magpies. …

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