Newcastle United fans are looking relieved in the Football Transfer Tavern today as BBC Sport report that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that his long-term interest in Yohan Cabaye is over.
Wenger saw a £12million offer for the French international rejected during the summer, an offer described then by Magpies boss Alan Pardew as ‘disrespectful’.
It had been reported in the tavern over the last few weeks that the Gunners were ready to move again for the playmaker, but Wenger has now dismissed these suggestions stating that he is not in the market for another midfielder.
“No, we don’t look for midfielders,” Wenger said after his Gunners side defeated Newcastle 1-0 at St James’ Park on Sunday.
“Today we did not have [Mesut] Ozil, we did not have [Aaron] Ramsey who stayed at home, but we still had three good midfielders and I still had [Mikel] Arteta on the bench.
“There is no real need in there.”
The Gunners landed Ozil from Real Madrid on deadline day in a club record £42.5m deal and now Wenger has confirmed that he has no business in trying to sign another playmaker with his side top of the league for the start of the new year.
Although the Magpies supporters are happy to hear this news, it doesn’t mean that Cabaye won’t be leaving in the near future. Pardew recently declared that Cabaye wouldn’t be sold for less than £20m but that is unlikely to put off either PSG or Monaco who are both keeping tabs on the former Lille man.
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