...but he will still set you back a cool €50 million from Montpellier. Apparently? But how much would Remy Cabella actually cost?
Two weeks ago we brought you the news that Montpellier had slapped an almost absurd price-tag on their midfield star Remy Cabella in an attempt to block any more interest in the player.
Here is what was said by the clubs chairman Laurent Nicollin in regards to potentially selling the playmaker:
"He is non-transferable. The desire of the club is to keep Remy - he was told and knows this. If a club arrives and offers €100million, it will be discussed though."
Well despite the strong interest reported from Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Arsenal it seems that figure may be slightly out of their price-ranges. Maybe if all the teams put their funds together they could share him; alternating weekends.
Of course the reality was a deal for the player now seemed out of the question; or not.
Because his valuation has halved in just two weeks!
This sort of bizarre transfer valuation is not unusual for Montpellier. They once valued Olivier Giroud at €50 million and then proceeded to sell him to Arsenal for just over 10.
So it is no surprise that the seemingly less ambitious club owner Louis Nicollin has slashed his asking price so dramatically in just a fortnight:
‘’He will not go away, it is clear, clean and crisp! We do not need money, he will remain there, he even has a three-year contract. Except stupendous offer 50 million. "
Well what is clear is that Montpellier are not willing to sell and their desperately extravagant valuations continue to demonstrate that.
But at this rate by the end of the month he is going to be worth a measly €12.5 million. Of course I am being extravagant but you get the point; these valuations are just attempts to keep suitors at bay.
Not to mention how much Arsenal actually had to pay for Giroud despite the previously massive valuation they had placed at The Emirates hierarchy door.
In the end it is down to Montpellier. They do not seem to be under any pressure to sell as Younes Belhanda’s departure is considered imminent and that should tick them over for another year at least; and in his absence Cabella is expected to thrive in a more attacking environment.
But history shows that Montpellier are often a club that is always willing to do business at the right price; and believe you me - €50 million is not the price they would ask for.
Do you think Arsenal should tempt Montpellier into a sale?
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