Chelsea have finally appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their full time manager on a new two-year contract.
Ben Arfa – in action recently against Iceland
And now that Chelsea know who their manager will be for next season, they can finalize their transfer plans, and some news today in the morning papers that Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa could be a target for the European Champions.
But before we go too far with this, it was going to happen sooner or later, that Ben Arfa, with his sparkling form since the turn of the year for Newcastle, was going to be some big club’s transfer target – and whether this is true or not, we have no idea.
Chelsea are supposedly looking to add more flair to their side for next season, and they have already brought in 21 year-old Eden Hazard from Lille, and also Marko Marin, the 23 year-old German International winger from Werder Bremen.
Hatem Ben Arfa is supposed to be next on the list for Chelsea, and we’ll just have to wait and see if Chelsea bid for the French winger, who has fought his way back into the French squad, while at Newcastle.
The news in the Daily Mail today, and reported on Sky Sports, is that Chelsea will be willing to pay up to £18M for the Newcastle winger, but that Newcastle will demand as much as £26M, for their mercurial star.
Am I the only who thinks those are big numbers, since he was signed eighteen months ago for somewhere between £2M and £5M from Marseilles?
Ben Arfa still has three years remaining on his contract, and Newcastle fans will be very unhappy if one of their favorite players on Tyneside is sold, even for big money like north of £20M.
We have a little bit of a hard time thinking there is much truth in this Daily Mail report, although we wouldn’t be surprised if some club came bidding for the French winger this summer, but it would take big big money for Mike Ashley to sell one of the fans’ biggest favorites.
Ben Arfa has played 34 times for Newcastle with 6 goals and has 12 caps for France.
What do you think about this?