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 – 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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