Olympique Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier has accused the Newcastle club of treating the French champions like fools over the Hatem Ben Arfa transfer.
Hatem Ben Arfa – and the saga continues ………….
We’ll not say too much about that – but the Marseilles President has hardly handled himself very professionally in this mess, as he has continually made statements which have been conflicting.
As it turns out the France international and his advisers have visited Werder Bremen this week to discuss a transfer to the club who have just transferred Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid for around £13M.
But there seems to be new upset in the Marseilles camp with Ben Arfa, because at a meeting at the Marseilles training ground yesterday, Ben Harfa was told the French club had not received an acceptable offer for him, and he was no longer for sale.
This seems like deja vu – all over again – doesn’t it?
So we have to assume that the news that Werder Bremen have bid £6.5M for the player may not be true, and there was some news yesterday that the German club were not that strong in their desire to take the 23 year-old to the Bundesliga.
Newcastle want to take the 23-year-old play maker on loan for this season, but the clubs have still not reached any agreement on that, and it now seems that Newcastle have refused to add an automatic buyout clause for the player assuming they stay in the Premier League this season.
We’re not sure why they will not do that but Marseilles President Jean-Claude Dassier said this late yesterday:
“I asked Newcastle to add an automatic buyout clause if they stay in the Premier League. They refused.”
“The English should not take us for idiots. They have seen what has happened with Hatem and are trying to take advantage. It would be better for him to go to Bremen. They are more serious.”
But bear in mind that the Marseilles club also said their striker Mamadou Niang was not for sale, before then selling him to Fenerbahce last week.
When asked if Ben Arfa would still be at the club at the end of the transfer window, Marseilles coach Didier Deschamps said:
“I don’t know. For now, he is not here and I cannot say what is going to happen. Nothing surprises me in the world anymore.”
Marseilles have completed the £13M signing of Loic Remy, and seem to have beaten out Spurs to the player’s signature, and are also interested in bringing in free agent Mikael Silvestre to the club.
But as far as the Ben Arfa saga goes – it still goes.
But surely an end is coming to this – and sooner rather than later hopefully – and it may be that Newcastle can still get their player – as surprising as that may seem.