Arsenal may get a second chance to sign Yohan Cabaye as the player moves closer to an exit from PSG, but only if they can fend off interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, reports The Express.
Arsene Wenger tried and failed to sign the France international in the summer of 2013 after launching a £10 million bid. The offer was consider derisory by his club Newcastle United and their resistance paid off; he left for PSG in the following window for double.
Now the Gunners are in need of a player of Cabaye's qualities more than ever. A frail midfield was cited as one of the main reasons for their capitulation against Anderlecht in the Champions League.
"I am 28-years-old and not just starting out. I won't change my style now.
Luckily, it is looking likely that Cabaye will be back on the market just a year after he swapped Tyneside for Paris. The £20 million man as never been a first team regular under Laurent Blanc and former France star Frank Leboeuf has told him to force an exit in the near future.
He is quoted in the same report as saying: "For me, [moving] was a mistake on his part.
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"He must think of the France team. He lost the confidence he had stored in Newcastle.
"I think he has never been part of the first choices of Laurent Blanc. When he arrived, there were already Motta, Verratti and Matuidi.
"He will have to ask the right questions about his future. He loses confidence.
"He should think about this in winter or summer. He should be ready for 2016, he is one of the major elements of the France team."
Refusing to quit
Cabaye himself has also admitted that his current situation at PSG is unacceptable. However, he did hint that he would try his best to force his way into Blanc's plans.
"This [not playing] doesn't suit me. I've not spoken to 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.
As previously mentioned, Cabaye will get the first team opportunities he wants at the Emirates, but may also have Manchester United and Liverpool to choose from. All three Premier League clubs are credited with an interest, although Arsenal look most in need of his services.
Louis van Gaal looks more than satisfied with summer signing Daley Blind while Brendan Rodgers is still deciding whether or not to extend Steven Gerrard's contract beyond this season.
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