When Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye was handed the captain’s armband during his side’s shock 2-0 win over Chelsea it seemed to mark a return to the fold following his August agitation for a move to Arsenal.
However, just days later the Frenchman is being linked with a reunion with Rudi Garcia, his one-time manager at Lille, who is now in charge of Serie A surprise leaders Roma.
Nonetheless there are several barriers to a move which can ensure that the expert free-kick taker is around long enough to make the 6/4 about Newcastle in bwin’s top-ten finish betting look a fanciful mark.
More than half the French starting line-up in their World Cup qualifier against Finland play in the Premier League.
Hugo Lloris, Mathieu Debuchy Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Samir Nasri and Olivier Giroud’s places in their nation’s first 11 attest to the fact that playing in the Premier League is the ideal way in which to advertise your gifts to Didier Deschamps.
By contrast Paul Pogba’s tree-uprooting form for Juventus makes him the only Serie A representative that made their 24-man pool for the Finland face-off.
As such swapping England for Italy doesn’t make international football sense ahead of the impending World Cup.
It’s hard to see Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi or Kevin Strootman being dropped.
Even if Garcia has a special fondness for his former Les Dogues pupil it’s difficult to see how he could parachute Cabaye into the team when their three-man middle band has been working so fluently.
If whoscored.com’s average performance rating of 6.7/10 is anything to go playing on the left of a midfield three has yielded the Frenchman’s least impressive showings of the campaign, especially when compared to a mean rating of 7.9 when he occupied a number ten role.
Arsenal’s £10m August bid for Cabaye was considered derisory by Newcastle according to the BBC.
The Mirror reports Roma’s proposed offer to be in the region of £2m more than the Gunners’ bid, with the Giallorossi having a preference for a loan deal that could potentially be made permanent at a pre-fixed price.
It’s hard to envisage the Magpies cashing in on their best midfielder for such a modest money-hike whether he wishes to quit the club or not, let alone in the January window.