Manchester United may still harbour interest in luring Paris Saint-Germain star Yohan Cabaye to Old Trafford in the foreseeable future, but the midfielder has been implored not to make a switch, by none other than teammate, and former Red Devils target Javier Pastore.
The Argentina international revealed that he hopes Cabaye remains with Laurent Blanc’s squad and fights for his position, despite the fact that he’s been frozen out since his arrival in January.
Recent rumours have inferred that Louis van Gaal is interested in making the 28-year-old a United player, given his concerns over the strength in depth available to him in the midfield, but it looks as though the Dutchman could be foiled if Pastore has his way.
I remains to be seen just where Cabaye sees himself as of January, with his lack of game-time at the Parc des Princes sure to be weighing heavily on his mind. The likes of Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Adrien Rabiot and Pastore himself are all ahead of him in the pecking order, and for a player who was considered one of the most effective in the Premier League that just won't do.
Previous reports have suggested Cabaye could be available for around £19 million, and if that's the case then it shouldn't pose too many problems for Van Gaal.
Meanwhile Arsenal are said to be ready to try and capture another United forward, with Arsene Wenger preparing to move for Javier Hernandez. The striker’s contract is up in 2015, and neither Real or his parent club have expressed a desire to keep him.
As such the forward has admitted that he is unsure where his future lies, but with the Gunners needing a frontman to ensure they're never caught short he could be the answer. Despite his prolific record Hernandez has never been given a chance at Old Trafford, and the opportunity to prove Van Gaal wrong may factor into his decision.
- Details have emerged of the deal which saw Marcos Rojo move to Old Trafford this summer, and it turns out the Red Devils paid just £15 million - that's including the £4 million they received for letting Nani go the other way on loan.