Rumours that France international Yohan Cabaye is on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain seem to be getting stronger by the week, with Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be keen on his services.
Cabaye is as short as 6/5 to sign for a Premier League side in January 2015, suggesting this is no idle gossip from the rumourmongers either and it’s the latter that must sign him up in order to recreate the midfield dynamic that won them the Champions League in 2004/05.
Recent comments from former Les Bleus star Franck Leboeuf on French show Telefoot seem to confirm fears Cabaye had previously acknowledged about a lack of first-team football effecting his standing in the national side:
“For me, it is a mistake on his part. He must think of the France team, he lost the confidence he had stored in Newcastle,” the ex-Chelsea defender said.
“I think Cabaye 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. It should be ready for 2016, he is one of the major elements of the France team.”
Should the 28-year-old follow Leboeuf’s advice it’s Anfield rather than the Arsenal, who were keen to sign him in the 2013/14 autumn window, that he should plot a path for.
With Steven Gerrard ageing and Lucas Leiva unfairly marginalised in Brendan Rodgers’ thinking, his route to the first XI is far less contested than it would be at Arsenal, where Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta would all lie in wait.
At Liverpool Cabaye’s mixture of playmaking smarts and defensive nous could see him play the Xabi Alonso to Henderson’s all-action Steve Gerrard – the combination that won them Champions League in 2004/05.