Chelsea Willing To Bid £18M For Ben Arfa?

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?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    £18M, forget it. Try at least doubling that, but frankly, I would rather keep him.

  • Whistler

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘machine gun’ journalism….load of crap

  • G

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    I think this came from the Daily Mail this morning, so not many of their rumours have any legs. We can rest assured that it’s probably codswallop.

  • SingaToon

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    nahhhhh but for 26 mill yes please.

  • SwedishMagpie

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5


  • danmuamua

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    No thanks but I would take 25 and bring in 4 top quality players. Marvin Martins, Debuchy, Mbiwa and Barnetta.

  • Partizan

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Anything bellow 25 mill would be a bargain considering Hazard’s price was over 30 mill and he is yet to prove himself in EPL.
    Coming from a carrier or even life threatening injury and still managed to find his world class form is something that money can’t buy,but in real world money talks and for a player with that kind of pedigree you either put up or shut up…Abramovich is a crazy guy thats for sure and i’m willng to bet my house on the line that if it comes to pay over the odds lets say 35 mill,he’ll do,one of the main reason why he was stalling over RDM’s contract was because Chelsea did not play attractive football nevermind the CL and FA cup trophy,,he’ll do anything for his club to play like Barca and if that means trophyless season so be it.

  • naptoon

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    not even worth commenting on, the daily mail has linked 9 first team players with moves from toon. b/s as per.

  • wynsleap

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    £26 million for a ‘ticking time bomb’ player who shows occasional flashes of breathtaking skill but can also drift out of a game and lose the ball more often than not? – yeah I think I’d take that.
    Nothing less though.

  • Whistler

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    What’s the Daily Mail’s problem? have we pissed them off? So far in the month or so since the season ended they’ve ‘broke’ the following stories….



  • Dimitri

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    No quotes. Journalists pulled words out of their own arses.

  • out of toon

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    it’s bollocks
    thing is, chelsea could well bid 26mil for him

    i’d rather keep benny

    on another note, floppy chops is gone eh?

  • dawid182

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Marin, Mata, Hazard… my question is, why?

  • naptoon

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    @10 on a “good” note.

  • duncandisorderly

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Every player has his price and, if there’s any substance behind this garbage, then that price should be £25M+ – could do a lot for that kind of money. He’s a great player who will still get better but that would be good business

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Benny is a once in a generation player. Just look at the goals v Blackburn and Bolton.He and Cisse transformed us in the last 15 matches. He is a game changer and a winner, 5 titles in France. If Raylor hadn’t got injured a tthe right time, we may never have seen him at full tilt.

    Who’s more likely to win a game or create things, it’s a no brainer. Maybe get rid in a couple of years for silly money when he’s on the way down, but not now.

    Unfortunately it’s in the Times as well as the Fail.

  • toonarmyuk

    Jun 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed – waaaaayy too many articles recently with zero quotation to back-up the story. Please stop sensationalising…again.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Its al Media Hype – if we sell every player the Papers etc are talking about we will be straight back in The Championship. Mike Ashley Wants Newcastle United In The Champions League Not The Championship. Even he and Lambias Have learned There lesson . Mind You We are Due a Kick in The Nuts Of them 2 . Its Been a While Since They have Tucked us up !!!!!!!!!!

  • Swede

    Jun 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Well we can sell all the players, to the diestinations that the papers suggesting. Start over with youth players in non leauge. all the sports interest are gone, but hey the economics are settled down for a month…..

  • Owldman

    Jun 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Honestly believe Spurs were hoping Rednapp
    would get the England job.After his court case i dont think they were too impressed with his dodgy deals at Portsmouth.They haved used his failure to get Campions League football next season as an excuse to get rid.only hope they dont come after Pardew.If he went some of our best players could follow.

  • toonincheek

    Jun 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Owldman – you are so so cynical.

    Totally agree with you.

  • If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty..

    Jun 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Whilst reading this article the Ben Arfa’s interview from the other day about leaving for a massive offer run through my head….why do they need Ben Arfa when they have the likes of Marin, Hazard and also De Bruyne coming through. If Ben Arfa wants to stake a claim for first-team football he should stay here…
    Apart from that, I’m surprised about Redknapp, really surprised about that one. Making the Spuds a force to be reckoned with when they were at the wrong end of the table 3 years ago, you’d think they’d want to keep him for the long haul. The Yids are going on about how he lost his way a bit in the second half of the season, QPR etc.. That said, no more tapping up of our players now, i.e Ba, from Spurs. I’m glad to see the back of Scrotum face in all honesty.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Hope this isn’t true. And looking at the fact that chelski have marko marin, de bruyne, hazard, malouda, mata, ramieres and sturrige who can all play in wide positions and they are still linked with hulk.. who can play right wing too. This is probably nothing more than tabloid bullsh1t.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh Oh…it was inevitable wasn’t it? I hate this sort of news as he’s my favourite player. We should demand double or nothing. Personally I rather keep him than the money but football is a business and with all that money we could buy a whole bunch of Cabaye’s for example. I would still prefer to see him stay on for many more years.


  • G

    Jun 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty.. @ 23. I would avoid using that description of those lovely chaps who support Tottenham. I did a while back, and somebody accused me of being racist, and now Ed moderates all my comments. Seems I’m not allowed to banter any more. Amusing being called a racist when you are mixed race though.

  • geordiejamie89

    Jun 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #27

    for 18 million no, 26 million maybe. They’d have to have some good wingers lined up as replacement, and with 26 million they could get three real classy players.


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