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Arsenal will this week offer £20million to land French midfield star Yohan Cabaye.

Newcastle have already dismissed a bid of half that figure from Arsenal. The message from the north east was simple – make it £20m and we can do business.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to get his man and will step up the efforts before the transfer window closes in eight days.

The Newcastle hierarchy made it clear that the initial offer fell well short of their ­valuation – but the news of Arsenal’s ­interest has unsettled 27-year-old Cabaye, with the France international left out of the Magpies’ squad yesterday for the second match in a row.

Arsenal’s now imminent entry into the Champions League group stages is an added attraction for Cabaye.

The Gunners’ 3-0 win in ­Istanbul, Turkey against ­Fenerbahce last week has virtually ­secured a place in the ­lucrative group stages and Cabaye wants to play in ­Europe’s top club ­competition.

Arsenal are also ­confident of landing Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria before the transfer window shuts. The Argentine’s future is in doubt ­because of Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid ­world-record transfer from Tottenham.

It is believed Real want around £20m for Di Maria and it has emerged Arsenal have a long-standing interest in the winger.

Wenger must move quickly, with the ­transfer window closing on September 2.

He is also desperate to land a new striker, but may be forced to wait and see if Real can land Luis Suarez before being able to make serious progress on Karim Benzema.

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