Crystal Palace have made one of the transfers of the summer after they announced the £10,000,000 signing of Yohan Cabaye this morning. The 29-year-old joins on a three-year contract.
Cabaye joins from French champions PSG, where he only managed to start 13 games for the team. That lack of first team football seemingly left Cabaye hoping for a move away from the club, and Palace have done well to sell themselves ahead of other interested suitors.
Cabaye was last in England with Newcastle United, where he was widely regarded as one of the best players at the Toon at that particular time. That impressive form saw him move to France for £19,000,000 in January 2014.
Palace have had to smash their transfer fee record to land their man. Their previous highest amount paid for a player was the £7,000,000 paid for James McArthur from Wigan, but this deal is a minimum of £10,000,000, with the potential to rise to around £13,000,000 with add-ons.
The new signing is looking forward to his “new life” and believes Palace can push for a top eight finish:
“I also know the gaffer and have worked with him before and I’m confident with him. I want to do my best for him because he’s made a big effort to get me to come here, as well as the chairman.”
After a fantastic second half to the season last year, can Palace continue to improve and push for a top eight finish next year? With signings like this, you’d certainly be silly not to back them to do some serious damage.