The €8 million offer for Remy Cabella has upset the Montpellier owner and it is set to see the future of the forward play out throughout the summer.
The future of Remy Cabella is set to be one of the transfer sagas of the summer. Newcastle United are very interested in bringing the forward to the Premier League, the player is reportedly interested in the move, but Montpellier and NUFC couldn’t be further from agreeing a deal and it has led to another outburst from the French club’s owner Louis “LouLou” Nicollin.
When asked if there had been any contact with regards to Cabella, Nicollin didn’t hold back.
“Yes, the “great” English club Newcastle has made us an offer of €8 million three weeks ago and I refused. I think Newcastle is not for him and I also think these guys take us for idiots. The sold Cabaye to PSG for I don’t know how many millions, they should not take us for fools.”
He was then asked what would be the minimum that he would except for Cabella and again the owner likened the situation to the transfer of Florian Thauvin to Marseille last summer.
With Thauvin costing OM €15 million from Lille, in a situation where the player did not want to play for the northern club, Nicollin values his prize asset at around €16 million.
Interestingly, Nicollin then was quoted in saying that if no one was able to match his valuation then the player would be staying at Montpellier. Cabella is contracted until 2016 and the club realistically have another 12 months before they risk losing him for free.
However, to get the best possible price for the 24-year-old, this is the right time to sell. If Newcastle are serious about their interest, they need to increase their offer to a more reasonable amount.
With LouLou, the more that you try to low-ball him, the more you annoy him and reduce your ability to do business with the eccentric owner.
If Newcastle were to approach Montpellier with a deal for around €12 million, you are more than likely to get Nicollin’s attention. €16m is his top price, you will always get him to come down, but offering €8m for a player that scored 14 goals this season is nothing but an insult to the club, the owner and the French league.
If Cabella is the player Alan Pardew wants to sign this summer he needs to make a serious attempt to negotiate and not just give Nicollin more fuel for the fire.