Arsenal will have to increase their £12m offer for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Arsene Wenger could switch his attention to Juventus’ Paul Pogba, if Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain become the latest club to gazump the north Londoners in the transfer market this summer.
The Gunners – who are 11/10 to atone for their shambolic 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa with a win away to Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier – risked the wrath of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who was clearly upset after claiming his sides preparations for their season-opener against Manchester City were ruined by the Cabaye bid, after the player was left out of the 4-0 defeat at Eastlands .
The offer was rejected out of hand by chairman Mike Ashley and with PSG now alert to the player’s potential availability, Wenger could end up missing out on another transfer target, having seen striker Gonzalo Higuain slip through his fingers and sign for Napoli when the Argentinean seemed set for the Emirates, as well as having to shelve a move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after much courting of the Uruguayan forward.
Arsenal also had a bid rejected for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international midfielder Lars Bender earlier in the summer, but with the transfer deadline approaching the Premier League’s longest serving manager will not be deterred in his hunt for reinforcements and has made an approach for 20-year-old former Manchester United star Pogba, who managed five goals from 18 league starts in his first season in Turin.
The midfielder – who has made an inauspicious start to his international career, after picking up two yellow cards in his second game for France against Spain – was rated an excellent prospect at Old Trafford, before leaving in search of regular first-team football last summer and could be available were Arsenal to follow up their initial interest with a sizable offer.