Having been strongly linked with a January move for Remy Cabella, is he really the answer to David Moyes' problems?
Last weekend, the rumour mill went a little crazy about Remy Cabella – a 23-year-old Frenchman conveniently dubbed ‘the £100million man’.
It was a label inspired by his club’s owner’s claim that it would take that much to sign him. Or least that was the case last summer, when Arsenal were reportedly interested.
But now the Montpellier playmaker is seemingly available for considerably less than that; £85million less to be exact.
“Now, if in the winter transfer window Manchester United offer €18million, as I have read, he must go.
“Although that would kill the team, one cannot refuse an offer like that.”
While €18million is not to be sniffed at, is it really too good to refuse? Or is it too good to refuse for a player for whom everything is currently going perfectly?
Because that is a question David Moyes must ask himself if he is truly considering a move for Cabella; a player who has scored five goals and provided two assists in just eight starts and one substitute appearance this season.
And yet the same player who scored just seven goals and provided nine assists in 37 appearances last season, and one who managed just three goals and two assists in 29 appearances the campaign before that.
Of course players improve, and at just 23 Cabella is arguably yet to reach his peak. But when his own manager says he is enjoying a good season, and believes £15million is a realistic sum for his talents, Moyes would do well to be wary.
For £3million less than United would seemingly need to buy Cabella, they bought Shinji Kagawa – a player who had excelled in the Bundesliga for the previous two seasons. And they proceeded to forget about him.
Signing Cabella makes no sense when they already have one playmaker unable to get game-time ahead of Wayne Rooney. And while the Frenchman’s arrival would surely hasten the departure of the former Borussia Dormund man, few United fans would be happy with that outcome.
Perhaps Cabella will move and will prove to be a bargain in the process. But when a manager so openly welcomes a transfer – perhaps he only wants the best for the player, or can already see the replacements he could bring in with the fee.
Or maybe Cabella is riding the crest of a wave and Montpellier want to cash in while it is at its highest.
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