Manchester United and Liverpool are both taking an interest in Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye in light of recent comments he made, revealing that he was unhappy with his current situation at Paris Santi-Germain.
Cabaye has made only four starts so far this season in Ligue 1, despite Laurent Blanc's side struggling to secure wins early on. PSG have only managed only three wins out of the first nine games, with late equalisers seeing them squander victories and fall seven points behind leaders Marseille.
Wenger missed out
Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Cabaye while he was at Newcastle United, but the 28-year-old eventually made the switch to Parc des Princes in January. That £19million deal looked as though it ended any Premier League chances of landing the talented playmaker.
However, his admission that he is not pleased with the lack of playing opportunities saw the Daily Express claim that both Manchester United and Liverpool would be keeping tabs on him along with the Gunners.
Not best pleased
"This [not playing] doesn't suit me. I've not spoken to [Laurent] Blanc about my situation," said the former Lille captain.
"I am 28-years-old and not just starting out. I won't change my style now. The coach's choices must be respected, but I won't quit.
"I have the character and my goal is to show what I can do on pitch. I know I must play very well in order to keep my place in team."
It gets worse
Cabaye insists he will not walk out of PSG any time soon, as he is up for the challenge of getting himself back into the team, so any move by the likes of the Premier League trio would likely have to wait until the summer.
Public admissions of such unhappiness from him are compounded by the reports suggesting that one of PSG's most promising youngsters, Adrien Rabiot, has decided to leave because of the arrival of players such as Cabaye. Rabiot refused to sign a new contract this summer and will be able to leave on a free transfer next year.
Gunners back again?
Arsenal's interest makes some sense because of their previous interest in Cabaye, but one struggles to see where he would currently fit into Arsene Wenger's team, what with the options he has at his disposal.
The Gunners biggest need in midfield is that of a defensive midfielder and while Cabaye is able to play in a deep role, he is not the imposing destroyer that the Emirates Stadium club is crying out for.
Premier League rivals sniffing around
It is a similar case with Manchester United; new manager Louis Van Gaal has recruited the likes of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind to play in midfield, so Cabaye would struggle to fit in and could face similar issues to those at PSG.
However, Liverpool may provide a sensible option for him, as midfield is likely to become an ever more pressing concern for manager Brendan Rodgers next summer. Captain Steven Gerrard is now 34 and has started this season slow, prompting many to suggest he is coming to the end of his time at the top of the game.
Reports linking Lucas Leiva with a move would suggest that Rodgers sees central midfield as an area he needs to upgrade and it is not too difficult to envisage a decent partnership between Cabaye and Jordan Henderson.
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