Serie A outfit Fiorentina have been keeping a close eye on Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye but are said to be unsure over whether or not they should make a bid for him, given his age and potential wage demands.
The Frenchman, who turned 32 on Sunday, sat out Palace’s 1-0 win over Burnley the day before, having struggled to recover from the clash with Brighton at the start of the week. It’s a familiar theme for the former PSG man, who often fails to make it through a full 90 minutes thanks to the wear and tear his body has endured over the years.
With his Palace contract set to expire this summer, most of a red and blue persuasion are expecting him to end his stint with us and stroll off into the sunset, even though a new deal will surely be offered to him by the Eagles hierarchy. Whether it’s homesickness or a desire to play in a league that is a little less physically demanding, I certainly won’t blame him if he does decide to end his association with us when the time comes.
Whilst no one can doubt his technical abilities, there is no denying that from a stamina perspective, he appears to be swimming against the tide of late. Perhaps it’s just a simple consequence of the hectic festive schedule but for the man himself, it must be hard to accept the bumps and bruises he’s acquiring whenever he steps across the white line.
With Serie A known as a more tactical and therefore less rough and tumble environment than the Premier League, not to mention the favourable change in climate, I can certainly see why Yohan himself would entertain the idea of a switch but similarly, I’d love him to seriously consider the idea of extending his stay with us by just one or two more years. Yes, we managed to overcome a very good Burnley side without him on Saturday but replacing a player of his quality over the summer is going to be far from easy.
Watch this space.