We have another club trying to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG among others. and that’s Monaco, who were taken over by Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in late 2011, and who were promoted back to the French First division this month.
Ben Arfa – may or may not be Monaco target
We always thought that the Financial Fair Play Rules – FFP – would prevent other clubs doing what Manchester City and Chelsea (as two examples) did by spending close to £1B (yes – that’s with a B) to build a top side quickly and win things, but we suppose not.
That’s because Monaco have already paid out £40M for two Porto players – and that’s just the start this summer as Monaco’s goal is to reach the Champions League as soon a possible. How can a second division French club afford £40M for just two players?
Another advantage that Monaco (a principality governed under a constitutional monarchy) has, is there is no income tax so the huge wages the players receive will be tax-free.
And if you think about it, who would be on the shopping list of a French club who want to make it big quickly and also play attractive crowd-pleasing football?
Maybe one of the most gifted French players around in Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa perhaps?
Well that’s the rumor, whether it’s true or not, and it could be that Monaco will come in with an offer Mike Ashley just cannot refuse – that’s always possible if the offer is big enough.
But Ben Arfa has been injured a lot in the three years he’s been on Tyneside – he missed almost all of the first season with that double break of his left leg, and last season he played few games because of a persistent hamstring problem.
In three seasons on Tyneside, Ben Arfa has played only 56 times for Newcastle with 11 goals and 10 assists.
So that is all in Newcastle’s favor, that Monaco will think twice before bidding bug money for the mercurial Newcastle winger.
And the fee currently being reported is £10M – and it would take at least twice that amount for Mike Ashley to be tempted.
So those are some of the reasons why we think Ben Arfa will be going nowhere this summer.
What do you think?
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