It is almost inevitable that Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been linked with a move away from St James' Park this month. His performances have been exceptional for the North-East club, attracting the attention of both Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
Links with the French champions instantly brought about rumours that former Toon Army hero Yohan Cabaye would be involved in any possible deal for the 25-year-old, but the harsh reality is that it would be near impossible for Cabaye to move back to Newcastle unless he took a huge pay cut.
Eurosport France has today revealed that Sissoko and PSG are in advanced talks regarding a move. There was no fee mentioned but the French club would probably be willing to match the £20 million asking price, without having to include Cabaye in any move.
Often it is the money paid to Premier League players that stops moves to Ligue 1, but with PSG paying on another level, it would be the bumper package that the Parisians offered Cabaye when he signed for €25 million 12 months ago, which would hamper any move back to England, as stated by European journalist Andy Brassell on TalkSPORT on Monday afternoon.
@gibney_a Cheers. Not that cracking, though…never got around to underlining that I think he'll probably stay this month too!— Andy Brassell (@andybrassell) January 5, 2015
PSG are in need of strength and versatility in the midfield, which Sissoko would bring, but there are other players on the way out, that would stop Cabaye from leaving. Clement Chantome has been heavily linked with a move away, as has veteran Thiago Motta.
Laurent Blanc would be keen to move the Italian on in this window, in order to win back some power in the PSG dressing room. If Motta was allowed to leave, PSG would need Cabaye to play the deeper midfield role alongside, or in place of Marco Verratti.
If PSG were to sign Sissoko, it would probably let young Adrien Rabiot leave on loan for six months to Tottenham Hotspur.
With Motta and Rabiot allowed to move, then possibly Chantome too, it would make it all but impossible for Cabaye to relocate this January, possible giving him one last chance to prove himself at the Ligue 1 champions.