Hatem Ben Arfa Wanted By Super Rich Monaco

Monaco have been promoted rorm the French second division, and they are currently on a big spending spree this summer, with their new owner Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev wanting to get the club into the Champions League as soon as possible.

Dmitry Rybolovlev

Dmitry Rybolovlev – Monaco’s Russian Billionaire owner

And only yesterday they announced the signings of £38M Colombian Rodriguez, and £22M for Portuguese international Moutinho, both from Porto and they have signed five-year contracts at Monaco.

How this leaves Monaco as far as the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules go – we have no idea – but they are supposed to be balancing their books.

The Sunday People is reporting that a £10M move to take Ben Arfa back to France is in the offing – but we doubt very much if that is accurate.

It’s true that Mike Ashley could sell some of his top stars this summer, but it will only be for silly money (very silly money) and £10M is hardly silly money for the 25 year-old mercurial French winger, who the Newcastle fans just love.

Ben Arfa was linked with a move to Liverpool recently – but we think that was purely paper talk – made up nonsense that we could do a swap deal using Ben Arfa to get Andy Carroll back.

That was never going to happen.

Ben Arfa seems to be loyal to Newcastle, but the only way Mike Ashley will let him go is if a really big bid of say £20M comes in – Monaco should  forget even bidding £10M for the French International.

However – we don’t want to see Ben Arfa leave for any club this summer, but Monaco has no income tax and is generally known as a tax haven for the rich – so it could be a draw for players.

Maybe Dmitry Rybolovlev will come in with some silly money for Ben Arfa this summer?

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17 comments so far


    May 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    What a fight..

  • hotdog

    May 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #2

    aye some fight froch did enough for me – night fellas

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Paper tosh.

    Cracking fight BTW . About time boxing gave us something decent to watch.

  • manxpie

    May 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #4

    great fight i wish there was a couple more rounds!


    May 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Thought the one a few years ago was unbeatable but that smashed it for me, Froch looks miles quicker and that chin just gets better!

  • AndyNUFC

    May 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #6

    £25mill would see him sold, as that’s the way it goes.

    As much as he is our best player by a mile, Spurs are an example of selling for good money and then building a better team. Berbatov went for £30mill and they never looked back.

  • jonobbad

    May 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Unbelievable fight. They should just do a best of 5

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #8

    they only team i would like to see him off to would be PSG in a swap deal for menez and sakho

  • donkey

    May 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #9

    12 million or 15 million get the lad sighned up because were going to end up wth carlton cole at this rate bony is built like a tank he will murder any premier league defender if they get in his way

  • manxpie

    May 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #10

    big pappa don’t worry harrison has reversed his retirement decision so there’s plenty of good fights coming from him!!

  • ende

    May 26, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #11

    will sell for 30m, no less.

  • Constanstine

    May 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #12

    How the f did Rodriguez worth 38m. That’s half the price of C.Ronaldo when he’s not even 1/4 of Ronaldo. Effing idiotic Russians..

  • one Tony Green

    May 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Ben Arfa is always injured get rid. Plays for himself for me. Ed just so you the tax mentioned in simplistic terms does not apply unless you domicile there and that my friend is much more complicated than playing for Monaco.

  • toonluvva

    May 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Of course Hatem’s gone, along with a few other players.

    The only question is to which sides and for what price.

    Seriously, does anyone really expect any of our flair players to remain and be coached by Pardew?

    Will any of the transfer money raised this summer be passed to Pardew.

    This is a serious question for us. If Ashley has only reluctantly given Pardew a stay of execution, he may not want to give him a lot of money to spend especially if he expects him to be gone by Christmas.

  • gazzaforever

    May 26, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Tonyngreen younr an idiot, hba is our key player, he s not injured anymore and would be a terrible loss

  • marcotoon

    May 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #16

    £10M, ha try doubling it Mr Monaco. Please, we must all work together to make sure that Hatem stays as he is a sensational player and will be key if we are to progress as a club.

  • gazzaforever

    May 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Well said


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