Arsenal are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of Yohan Cabaye in January, as the playmaker is keen to link up with Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite only having moved to Paris Saint-Germain in January of this year it’s believed the France international is set for another transfer in the coming months, as he’s not considered a first-team starter by Laurent Blanc.
Cabaye at PSG
Four midfielders are ahead of Cabaye in the pecking order at the Parc des Princes, with Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore having been preferred this season.
Now, with previously want-away youngster Adrien Rabiot having just penned a new contract to stay at the club, Cabaye looks as though he will have to leave if he is continue playing regularly at the highest level, and a move back to the Premier League looks to be the order of the day.
Arsenal were hot on his heels prior to his move to Ligue 1 at the start of this year, and Wenger has midfield issues to sort out before his team can be considered realistic contenders for major silverware.
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The recent injury to Jack Wilshere, which could see him out for up to four months, has only added pressure to an already dire situation at the Emirates Stadium, and at £19 million Cabaye is a relative bargain.
The battle to come
If it is the Premier League where he is destined to end up however Wenger is going to have to use his reputation to his advantage, which the Daily Express appear confident of.
It’s believed the player in question would be more inclined to place the future of his career in the hands of his compatriot, but Louis van Gaal is sure to be a strong adversary, and the fact that Cabaye has already played in Europe for PSG this season negates the bonus of football in the Champions League that the Gunners could have otherwise offered.
Thus far this season the two sides have fared similarly on the domestic front, and with regards to their ambitions they’ve always been historically matched. As such Cabaye’s decision - if indeed both clubs make an attempt at trying to purchase him - could come down to the fine margins. Wenger will certainly be looking to win the day if that’s the case.