It looks to be the end of the road for Yohan Cabaye and Paris Saint-Germain. After just one and a half seasons at the club, the 29-year-old is poised to return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
As reported by Le Parisien and the Guardian, the Eagles have tabled a club record €14m bid for the midfielder which the French champions have accepted. That straight away confirms that the club seek to move him on and the player himself revealed a few weeks ago that he wanted to move back to England.
For the sake of his career, Cabaye needs this. The fact that he has been played in a deeper role has hindered his abilities along with the likes of Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi all being ahead of him in the pecking order. Even if coach Laurent Blanc wanted to play him further forward he was never going to dislodge an inform Javier Pastore. Quite simply it has not worked and his injury problems have not helped either.
There is no question about his ability but there are situations when a player and club just do not match. PSG’s hand was forced when Adrien Rabiot suffered an injury in January 2014 and we were running low on midfield personnel which prompted the move.
It is now down to Cabaye to decide whether he wants to take up Palace’s offer where he will link up with former manager Alan Pardew who did get the best out of him at Newcastle United.
Both PSG and the player will hold their hands up on this one and say it just did not materialise.