NEWCASTLE United will demand £25m for Yohan Cabaye if Paris St Germain follow up their initial interest in the midfielder, writes Ross Gregory.
The Magpies are braced for a bid from the French giants in the next couple of weeks for one of their most prized assets.
And while new director of football Joe Kinnear has said the club aren’t looking to sell Cabaye, it hasn’t put off cash-rich PSG.
The Ligue 1 champions appointed former France boss Laurent Blanc as their new manager last week to replace Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti.
Blanc is a big fan of Cabaye, and made him an integral part of the national team when he was in charge.
And reports in France claim PSG are planning an £18m offer for the midfielder, who appears to be unsettled on Tyneside, but that will fall way short of Newcastle’s valuation of the former Lille man if they do decide to sell.
Owner Mike Ashley has shown in the past that every player has his price – but that it will be a high one.
Cabaye has been linked with a number of clubs since the end of the season, with Monaco one of those interested in the 27-year-old.
However, PSG could offer him Champions League football, while Monaco will start the season on minus two points after they were sanctioned for crowd trouble last season.
Meanwhile, PSG centre-half Mamadou Sakho, who Newcastle have scouted frequently, has been offered a new contract by the capital club.
Sakho has been unable to nail down a regular starting spot with the champions, but the arrival of Blanc – who handed him his full France debut – may persuade him to stay.
Newcastle are continuing to monitor the situation, with the 23-year-old having just a year left on his present deal.