Marseilles President Denies Ben Arfa Deal Done With Newcastle


There doesn’t really seem to be too much new news coming through today on the situation with Marseilles player Ben Arfa arriving on loan at Newcastle.

Ben Arfa – Newcastle deal still in the offing

The Newcastle Journal had reported that the two clubs had reached agreement yesterday but apparently Marseilles  President Jean-Claude Dassier yesterday went back on his weekend assertion that a deal had indeed been agreed.

That doesn’t sound good at all.

Reports in the French paper L’Equipe however has confirmed The Journal’s story, but they have also been way off the mark sometimes this summer.

Dassier told Marseille’s official TV station yesterday:

“Newcastle are interested but, as of today, no agreement has been concluded.”

That could also mean that the player has yet to agree terms, which was part of the Journal story yesterday – and therefore a total deal has not yet been agreed.

Newcastle seem to want to only do the right deals this summer, and will not be harried and rushed into overpaying for players, which the Newcastle club has been so famous for over the last 15 years.

Chris said today:

“It’s trying to bring the right player in at the right price,”

As we  warned yesterday,  the deal is not done until announced on the Newcastle United web-site,  however, we are still very hopeful this deal can indeed be signed, sealed and delivered.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


47 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    All old news, that was yesterday, we all knew yesterday that nothing was concluded.

    Obviously it will only be at conclusion when it is on nufc.co.uk.

    Bit of a non-story this one!

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    The Ben Arfa deal might be off as OM are wanting him to stay according to French Newspapers. the meeting planned with Newcastle today has been called off.
    I hope this is not true but i thought i would let you’s know what it says

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Why would they want him to stay if they’ve been bad-mouthing him for weeks about his attitude??

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  • Muzza

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I can only find one link in the French papers saying that the Ben Arfa deal might be off:

    http://www.tf1.fr/my-telefoot/news/transferts-om-hatem-ben-arfa-bloque-par-marseille-6033434.html

    Seems OM have managed to sell another player meaning that Ben Arfa will have to say. That said, the player and manager hate each other so I doubt the two of ’em will kiss and make up now.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Why would he want to stay after they have bad mouthed him so much

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  • Muzza

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Ahh, OM are playing silly buggers. I think they’re trying to force a permanent sale rather than a loan. The comments by the club president have said they’ll only let one player go and since there is a firm bid for Mamadou Niang he’ll be the one out the door.

    I think it’s just a tactic to get NUFC to shell out for the player. Good luck with that 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Because they don’t want to sell Ben Arga and Mamadou Niang I think his name was or something like that. Only one of them will be allowed to leave. Bloody typical !! I’m sure we’re cursed.

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  • Newutd

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda –

    That is just journalists trying to appear “knowing” and serious.

    Anyway, I don’t think Ben Arfa will join us. Unfortunately.

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  • repo

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    we should of moved on last week knowing this is going to happen we dont do things right and let it drag on i bet this is a ploy from mike ashley to get season tickets snapped up knowing fine well

    we wont get anybody at all..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Well we’ll just have to content ourselves with a very average Perch, an injured Gosling and and an unfit Campbell, an extremely slow and uncreative midfield and strikers like Best. Oh happy days !

    I’m not saying Ben Arfa would have changed all that, but it was a step in the right direction. We desperately need people who can frighten the opposition.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Like i said yesterday…

    Smacks of the Modric and arshevain dabacles!!

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    I dont know why they would want him to stay, all im doing is telling you what i wrote. I still think the deal will happen as the meeting is on Friday now. F***king French!!!!

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #13

    *** what i read*** sorry

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  • bjarne

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    If we can´t get Ben Arfa, let´s turn to Kevin Prince Boateng. He had a great WC and has experience from PL!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    I have a feeling that the meeting may have been delayed due to Ben Arfa Being on International Duty, so maybe Blanc wont release Arfa so he can attend.

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    KPB is a good shout but we still need cover for the wings and a tricky little striker, someone like Lavezzi or a Keane

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17

    As far as i know the meeting was between OM and Newcastle. I dont know why Ben Arfa would be there as long as his agent was there

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  • sweendog

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    carl nufc .. do you think the KPB rumour came after the marsielle president starting playing silly buggers .. still a good chance for the deal .. what didn’t help though was Arfa saying he loves marsielle and him setting up their goal ..

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  • Graeme

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    According to Sky the deal was concluded yesterday evening and he’s joined on a 1 year loan deal with the option for us to buy him at the end of the season!!

    If only its true!!

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  • sweendog

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #20

    NUFC_Richyg01 .. agreed it’ll still go through but they are doing their best to get more interest/money and appease the fans .. so far he looks to be our player .. still need to be getting other players, RB,DM .. get the cobwebbed coated wallet out ashley..

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  • Newutd

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s not

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Sweendog i really dont know but what i think and this is only my opinion is. The Ben Arfa deal would save us some money and this would allow us to spend more on a decent striker…

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  • carl nufc

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #23

    If i follow my heart i think we will get Ben Arfa, KPB and a decent striker. But when i follow my head i hit myself accross the face with a ruler and tell myself not to be soooo fricking stupid.. we can only hope

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #24

    yeah i heard newcastle had a bid turned down for him. (mevlut)

    Why would they accept around 6 million euros??? they paid more than that, and he has been a success, i think fat ashley just makes offers he knows wont be accepted, so it looks like he is trying, like what he did with k.richardson and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

    Mevlut signed for PSG on 28 June 2009 on a four year contract,[4] for a reported €9 million.[5] Having previously scored 11 goals in the league for the past two seasons for relegation-threatened Sochaux, there was a lot of speculation about his future prior to the move to PSG. Aston Villa, Fulham Newcastle United FC and Wigan reportedly showing an interest in May 2009[6], as well as other French sides Bordeaux and Lyon[7]

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  • sweendog

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Graeme .. its to be finalised still .. terms have been agreed on both sides ..

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  • sweendog

    Aug 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #26

    geordielad880 .. agreed .. he scored over the weekend too .. so no chance unless they meet the 9mill PSG paid .. and you’re right, its as silly as the Schweinsteiger etc

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    How I have been told the Ben Arfa situation all depends on Fabiano moving to Marseille and Niang staying as Dechamps wants both players at the club. The reason for this sudden statement is to encourage Newcastle to stop pissing around and get the deal tied up so Ben Arfas wages are off Marseilles books and thus allowing movement for Fabianos wages!

    So in simple terms dont believe whats been printed in french press today because come the Man Utd game Ben Arfa will 100% be a Newcastle United player.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Sweendog (20)

    Of course they are., They said from the start that they wanted to SELL him not LOAN him

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  • tynesidetommo

    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #29

    This saga is as slow as a week in jail. Can’t wait to see what the makey-up Sky Sources have to say about this latest twist.

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  • Visten

    Aug 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Yawn

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  • jamiemt

    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #32

    When were away the team should be:
    Harper
    Perch Colo Willi Jose

    Barton Nolan Guthrie

    K.P Boateng Ben Arfa

    Carrol

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  • jamiemt

    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #33

    in a 4-3-2-1 formation

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  • chuck

    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    It appears, due to the clubs lack of negotiating skills we have lost (like to know who our negotiator is) a terrific deal for a proven, talented France international.
    We could have signed the guy for somewhere in the region of £6m. about half the amount he`s actually worth.
    It`s obvious he, along with other talented players, realise the EPL is where the money is, having turned down (reported higher) offers from other leagues.
    So why the attempted loan instead of a straight transfer ?
    Could it be rather than the , “he`s difficult and we want to see how it goes” the club perhaps want to free up money for one or two more signings ?
    It would be unlikely , but possible, there have been rumors of signing PSG`s young striker and we still need more help defensively.
    I get the impression Ashley is a hands on type, who having hired a number of people to run the club, most of which resulted in Chaos, realised he could do a better job himself.
    Probably true to a degree, but you get what you pay for, ask Abramovich who had the good sense to hire a top shelf guy.
    At every successful club you will find a system, from top management through team manager, scouting and youth systems, run by some of the most respected proffessionals in the game.
    That`s why they are the top clubs!

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  • cynicaltoonfan

    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Potentially Bad news lads i speak french and have mates in france and marseilles and they have updated me this morning telling me that the Ben Arfa deal could be blocked.
    This is due to Niang ( OM) demanding a move to
    Fernabache and if he goes they would be strong enough finacially to buy Fabiano ( without losing Ben Arfa) so they would have no reason to sell him !!. the president has said himself “its not viable to sell Niang and Ben Arfa”
    The hope lies in the fact that from what I hear Ben Arfa is pushing for the move and these days the players hold the cards ( unless you are Fabregas)

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Chears for the updat Cynical

    Lets hope Arfa gets pushing then!

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  • chuck

    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #38

    If this deal falls through ? I suggest we go for the most obvious need the club has and i`m talking about a defensive midfielder.
    Prince Boateng is available, here`s a guy big strong power DM, who could play in front of the back four and make it difficult for teams to break down the side.
    I could see him and Ben Arfa, an AM who could provide the attacking skills to break down defenses and get the occassional goal, that and the fact I believe he could be a crowd favorite with his ability to take on defenders.
    A new Beardsley, cause watching him play, his game certainly reminds me of him.
    But then what do i know ?

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  • Dartfish

    Aug 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Chuck

    Prince Boateng is usually played as an AM. He is a physical presence but lacks the passing and the view for his teammates as we need in an AM.

    He would be tremendous at DM though if Hughton can disciplin him defensively.

    Arfa’s potential lies in his versatility – AM, LW, (RW) and forward

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 10, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #40

    I would like to see Arfa as AM with Boateng behind as DM

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