Sunday, May 27, 2018

Abdisalam Ibrahim attracting Ligue 1 interest; Blanc: Cabaye is ‘very good’

Manchester City defensive midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim is the subject of reported interest from Ligue 1 trio Lorient, St Etienne and Toulouse.

Manchester City defensive midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim is the subject of reported interest from Ligue 1 trio Lorient, St Etienne and Toulouse.

Ibrahim, 22, has been linked with an exit from the Etihad Stadium for several months, having recently completed a season-long loan at Strømsgodset.

The Norway international, whose current contract is due to expire at the end of the season, has little to no chance to break into the City squad, with Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Javi García and Jack Rodwell ahead of him on the depth chart.

As a result, a January move is imminent and previous reports have suggested City may be willing to offload the 22-year-old on a free transfer.

Several English Premier League sides, including the likes of Everton, Southampton and Swansea City, are keen on Ibrahim, but a move to France seems more likely at the moment.

“I’m hoping my future is sorted out in the coming few weeks,” Ibrahim told Sky Sports.

“I wanted to sign for a Premier League club but it looks like I could be going abroad as I am getting better proposals.

“I just want to play regular football for a coach who will also develop me and improve my game.

“I’m 22-years-old now, it’s not time for me to be just training and not having to be looking forward to a game on a Saturday.”

Ibrahim bagged two goals in 27 league appearances in 2013, leading Strømsgodset to the Tippeligaen title.

Blanc: Cabaye is ‘very good’

Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has insisted the club will not ‘change much’ in the January transfer window despite revealing Newcastle United ace Yohan Cabaye is a ‘very good player.’

Recent reports have claimed the French champions are preparing a January bid of £22 million for Cabaye, who would likely replace Javier Pastore in the starting XI.

Pastore, who joined PSG from Palermo for a fee believed to be in the region of €40 million in the summer of 2011, has failed to produce any noteworthy performances for Les Parisiens this term.

“We will not change much. If there is movement, it will not be much,” said Blanc.

“I am very happy with the strength of my squad, but there may be movement based on departures.

“I have always thought that Cabaye is a very good player. But I have nothing more to say.”

Table toppers PSG — 1/8 to win the Ligue 1 title — are three points clear of top-flight new boys AS Monaco at the halfway point of the season.


Shawn Etemadi



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