A louder rendition of 'don't sell Cabaye' has never been heard like the one that rang out from the south stand of the Etihad Stadium on Monday night, but one can't help but feel as though that plea is beginning to wane.
Arsenal have made the first move for the Frenchman with a £10 million offer that was instantly rejected and it is now expected that more clubs will enter the race, with Paris St-Germain the latest team linked with a bid.
Newcastle will likely do everything in their power to hold on to one of their star players, but could selling Cabaye actually prove beneficial?
Cabaye is undoubtedly a vital part of Alan Pardew's side and his absence was worryingly noticeable on Monday night as Newcastle were humbled 4-0 at the hands of Manchester City.
Newcastle often found themselves in good positions against Manuel Pellegrini's new-look side, but their inability to find that defence-splitting pass was all too obvious.
Last season, Newcastle managed just 0.6 points per game when playing without the services of the Frenchman, but gained 1.3 points per game when he did play.
Clearly his creative spark is pivotal, however, this could simply be due to the fact that Newcastle don't possess another player like Cabaye - he truly is their one and only playmaker. This would suggest that while Cabaye is integral, he is not irreplaceable.
Cabaye signed on at St James' Park from LOSC Lille for just £4.5 million and Newcastle will be looking to receive around £25 million from his sale - over six times what they paid for him in 2011.
With the Magpies' excellent scouting network that found a player of Cabaye's quality for such a low price in the first place, there is little doubt that they can find one again.
Even if it takes £10 million, that still leaves them with £15 million to play with. That sort of money, if spent wisely, can really improve a squad and should fund moves for the winger and striker that Alan Pardew is praying for.
Of course it doesn't have to be that way and perhaps shouldn't be. The likes of Norwich, Southampton and West Ham, despite being smaller clubs than Newcastle, have had no problem in paying out top dollar for their targets.
Newcastle should be able to keep Cabaye and still land their targets, but this is the Mike Ashley business model and the club will not pay out cash that it cannot generate itself.
They can either sulk or get on with it and if it takes the sale of a star player to bring in new faces then that's what they'll have to do. Perhaps it's even what director of football Joe Kinnear has been waiting for, as he has yet to spend anything this summer on a permanent transfer.
For all of Mike Ashley's unpopularity on Tyneside, he has never taken a penny out of the club and the money will be reinvested into the playing staff in one way or another. If the club really do need the money to fund the three or four new faces Alan Pardew was looking for, then maybe it will be a case of "do sell Cabaye."
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