Hatem Ben Arfa has been asked to return his Marseilles club, according to sources in France.
Hatem Ben Arfa – returning to France
The 23-year-old French international, along with his representatives, have been in Newcastle since Friday afternoon, in the hopes of forcing a loan move through with Newcastle United.
But the news is that the 23 year-old has now left Newcastle and is returning to Marseilles, where he will meet with the Marseilles officials, to see if they can work something out with the player.
This was not unexpected, as the Marseilles club said they would move on the Ben Arfa front come Monday morning, after giving a few days for both parties to calm down a little, and therefore the player’s return to France is not a surprise.
The question now is whether a deal can be made between the two clubs, which seems to be the thing holding things up – and of course until a deal is agreed, Newcastle should not be talking to the player.
If Newcastle cannot agree a loan deal with Marseilles, then Newcastle will need to move on with just 15 days left of the summer transfer window.
The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle and Marseilles cannot agree a loan deal, and if that is the case then nothing further can be done.
But with the parties presumably fairly close, and the player wanting desperately to play for Newcastle, we’d be surprised if a deal is not forthcoming.
And yes we know – we hope a deal is forthcoming. 😀
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