Despite Cardiff City‘s bid for Toulouse‘s Etienne Capoue being accepted, there is a good chance he will reject moving to the Welsh club.
The south west of France based club accepted a £9m bid for Capoue, but Bluebirds fans should perhaps be careful in getting too excited.
The 25-year-old midfielder is believed to have high ambitions that with all respect to Cardiff, are to be at a bigger club. It is understandable given Capoue’s impressive talent. Having played in central midfield for Toulouse since 2007, last season proved his most successful. He made a break into the France national team, where he has faced competition from the more preferable Paris Saint-Germain options.
Capoue is believed to have been an interest for various clubs, including Arsenal, Everton, QPR, Liverpool, Tottenahm, Monaco and PSG. With Capoue inevitably aware of this interest, there is a good chance he will turn down a move to Cardiff. However, there is no reports of concrete bids from those other discussed clubs, so Capoue may feel this is a rare opportunity.
But, Toulouse are still a decent club, who with the youngest average age in Ligue 1 last season, are looking to improve on a mid-table finish. Cardiff would be a step up in league quality, but not necessarily in terms of the club. It’s a tough one to predict, but I believe Capoue may well turn down the opportunity to move to the Welsh capital, unless Malky Mackay can persuade him during the “delicate negotiations.”
Capoue’s real desire is to play for a club in the Champions League. He is happy with Toulouse, but wants to progress and feels he needs to as soon as possible.
Last season, Capoue seemed to be on the verge of big things, he was really beginning to shine. With a World Cup year fast approaching, he is likely to be in a dilemma, but it seems he is unsure that taking the first chance to move to Cardiff is the best option–perhaps waiting for a better offer.
This coming season will be his final under his current contract with Toulouse and he may believe that waiting until the end of the season would be more beneficial, as his price tag would no longer be a hurdle for a potential new employer. The likes of PSG, Monaco or another top French club are expected to be more preferable to Capoue’s desires than a lower quality Premier League side.
It’s an interesting one, but it seems Cardiff have work to do if they want to persuade the French man in making a move to them just yet. But, the lure of the Premier League may be a major factor. It may be all the little factors such as attendance levels and trips to the likes of Old Trafford and the Emirates that are the turning point–that and the inevitable help of money.