Montpellier HSC chairman Laurent Nicollin has placed a €100 million price-tag on Remy Cabella, Sky Sports understands.
Cabella, 23, has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs in recent months, with Arsenal rumoured to be one of his potential suitors.
However, Arsenal must first deal with Nicollin, who is notoriously difficult at the negotiation table.
With that said, the Gunners have history and precedent on their side, having successfully negotiated a £12 million deal for former Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud last summer.
Cabella, who spent the 2010-11 season on loan at AC Arles-Avignon, played a significant role in La Paillade’s title-winning campaign in 2011-12 and has once again been an integral part of the club in 2012-13, fueling speculation linking him with a summer exit from the Stade de la Mosson.
“He is non-transferable,” Nicollin told Radio Monte Carlo.
“We try to anticipate and plan things, even in football, but it’s complicated.
“The desire of the club is to keep Remy – he was told and knows this. If a club arrives and offers €100 million, it will be discussed though.”
Cabella has bagged seven goals and eight assists in 30 Ligue 1 appearances for Montpellier this season.
Peterson to Bremen
Werder Bremen have completed the permanent signing of Bayern Munich striker Nils Petersen on a four-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, according to Sky Sports.
Petersen, who spent last season on loan at Bremen from Bayern, totaled 11 goals and five assists in 34 league matches last term.
The 24-year-old is delighted with the move.
“This is the news I’ve been waiting for, now I am very happy that everything turned out the way I liked it.,” Petersen told the club’s website.
“I am highly motivated for the new season. I want to help so we again make a big step forward.”
Bremen finished a mere four points ahead of relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf, and just three points clear of the relegation playoff place.
Without Petersen, would probably be on their way to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga.
“We are very pleased that Nils will spend the coming years with Werder, hunting for goals,” said club chief executive Thomas Gauge.
“He has shown in the past season he fits perfectly here. We are sure he still has huge potential and will develop, and will continue to be a strong pillar of the team.”
Ginczek expects summer exit
In other news, Borussia Dortmund striker Daniel Ginczek has revealed he expects to be sold by the club this summer, Sky Sports reports.
Ginczek, 22, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs after scoring 19 goals in 29 competitive appearances for Bundesliga 2 side FC St. Pauli von 1910 e. V. last season.
The 22-year-old has rule out the possibility of joining Hamburg, but Bundesliga duo FSV Mainz 05 and FC Nuremberg are also believed to be interested in the Germany youth international.
“I am almost one hundred per cent sure I will be sold by Borussia Dortmund this summer,” Ginczek told BILD.
“I am sure I will not be joining Hamburg.”