Reports That Monaco Are To Put In Massive Bid For Ben Arfa


We had hoped the news in the last few days that Monaco wanted Hatem Ben Arfa, but were only willing to bid £10M was true, because that bid would be immediately rejected by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

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Ben Arfa – Monaco coming in with massive bid?

But some worrying news this morning that Monaco, who are spending money this summer like it grows on trees, are apparently putting a bid together which could be near the £20M that Mike Ashley wants, and if they do, then what happens?

The French club are being bankrolled by Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who bought the club in late 2011, although we thought the European Financial Fair Play Rules would stop this kind of silliness, when one man can come in and essentially buy a team of top players – where’s the competition in football, if that’s still being allowed?

There are reports in France that Newcastle’s valuation of the player is only around £18M, and that fee will not put the Russian Billionaire off the French International, who will add creativity to the Monaco side.

But the very last thing Newcastle fans want to hear is that we’ve lost one of our very best players, after what was a terrible season just finished.

What we want to see is Newcastle strengthen the side for next season, not weaken it, and we have to hope that Mike Ashley’s evaluation is very high for one of Newcastle’s very best players.

If we are to lose Ben Arfa, then it must only be for silly money – very silly money.

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47 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Having cotton buds rammed up his nose is too good for Ashley.

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  • pbandj

    May 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m sorry but 20 or even 18 mil for ben arfa is a good deal. No doubt he has massive potential but he is injured far too often. Further he will never shine in pardews style of play and his market value will only drop in the future. If we can get 18 mil for ben arfa I would take it any day of the week. We need money for 2 new strikers so Cisse can relax where he usually puts the ball.. in the stands…

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    good morning folkes
    thats not the news i wanted to see think we shud hold out for at least 25 mill for him

    any news on signings?

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  • SuperShearer

    May 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    If that bid comes in he’ll be off and then we’ll be told that the £18 million will be reinvested into the playing squad before spending no more than £15 million all summer. The will come the quotes “The prices weren’t right for us, we’ll try again in January”.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    if they put a 25-30mil bid… il accept it…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    No corky but we have released Danny Simpson a player with purple appearances but not deemed good enough for purple wages.

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    hes got money to burn that russian play hard ball if he wants him that badly he can cough up 30 mill

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    If anyone bid that kind of money for any of our players they would be off!

    …maybe £25M on a good day 😀

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    From Now on NUFC’s nick name is VIOLA

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  • geordiesteve520

    May 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d take £20 million plus ths Ocampos lad people are raving about.

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    jail for ashley:- thought the bloody idea was to strengthen your squad during the transfer window not make it weaker though i will look at the squad at the end of the window and then pass judgement

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  • JAMSHA

    May 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Lucas Ariel Ocampos age 18 value £9mil hmm

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  • Dubaigeordie

    May 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Sell him for 20 mill then 12-15mill for Robben aslong as we can control his wage

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    A good way to think corky.

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  • Accept it. Marveaux can do Ben Arfa’s job.

    Reinvest the money we’d get for him in a quality striker.

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  • Greebol1892

    May 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think MA could refuse any offers of 20m & over which could be used to buy at least 2 quality players. Would still be sad to see him go!
    We need 3 new signings (CB + 2 FW) and those who go must be replaced 1 for 1. And PLEASE get Belhanda!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Interesting massive survey on Alan Pardew and Ashley ran by the Chronicle in regards to last season, our local newspaper in Newcastle. A general feeling in the area and surrounding areas.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/big-toon-survey-fans-give-4026182

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  • Graeme

    May 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Anything around the £25 million mark or above would be acceptable when you consider the amount of playing time he delivers. Providing the money was immediately re-invested in replacements / strengthening during the coming window, I could live with it.

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #19

    greebol:- mike ashley can do what he wants he owns the club just sayin this russian billionaire has money to burn play hard ball for 30 mill if he doesnt pay it we still have one of our better players if he does we go and buy 2 maybe 3 belhandas 🙂

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    i agree graeme 25-30 mill happy days

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  • texasgaijin

    May 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    anything above 20 million for a now overweight ben arfa with bad hamstrings would be hard to pass up. i hope he stays and gets back into shape, but, frankly, it would be hard to pass up a bid of that size. the disappointing part will be waiting to see if the money would be put back into the club. for that amount, you could get two good wingers to replace ben arfa and jonas.

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  • hadthetshirt

    May 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    A luxury we can’t afford.I would let him go for 18 million.
    I think some people over rate him.Is he as good as Ginola was,does he bring a lot to the Team.He is more like a headless chicken more often than not,and very greedy.How many times does he lose the ball.I agree he could be dangerous but never done it consistently in my eyes.

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  • IPToon

    May 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    The problem with letting Ben Arfa go is that he is the only player that drives the team forward. The midfield sit so deep, give the ball to Ben Arfa and he dribbles half the length of the pitch and we move forward.

    Plus, with out negative, almost boring football, he is often the only bright spark who keeps the fans awake. Which is why i forgive him for giving the ball away fairly often.

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  • Rozzy

    May 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    We can’t replace Ben Arfa with that kind of money. Keep him unless £35m + . That’s with him been injury prone aswell

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  • GeordieInSunderland

    May 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    £20m plus and I would take it due to his injury record as long as its invested. I think Marveaux is a much better team player than Ben Arfa.

    Injuries are one of the reasons I wouldn’t have Carroll back you never get a season out of him.

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  • geordiesteve520

    May 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Right devil’s advocate time here:
    Does anyone else feel that we may be a better ‘team’ without Ben Arfa? Yes, he is far and away the most talented player in the squad but he is so insistant on having the ball and doing things his way that he invariably gets it. Not having him as our constant out ball may allow the rest of the team to flourish.
    Thoughts?

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  • Spartak Miserable

    May 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Any one with an ounce of sense, judging by the comments, that is only a few of you (pbanj – good comment) would take 20 million for an inconsistent player who only plays half of the season. A fantastic player when he is on form, but for me, that isn’t often enough. And his injury record isnt great eaither. As much as we would all like to keep the lad, we need to wake up and accept that we are a mediocre club with no ambition and are not in a possition to reject massive bids for plays we dont see often enough. The only problem with accepting it is whether it will be re-invested at all, and if it is, it will be hard to attract top players and that is because Mike Ashley will not pay premier league prices & wages for top players, and if you dont pay premier league prices, you wont stay in the premier league, which is the only way i can see us going at the minute.

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    May 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Clubs like Monaco make me sick. What’s the point of these financial fair play rules if they are allowed to do this. Fuming if he leaves. He’s the only reason I enjoy watching Newcastle with Pardew as manager.

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  • toonarmyuk

    May 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #29

    I’d take £20m for an inconsistent, injury-prone Ben Arfa. Don’t get me wrong, on his day he can be a game-changer, but he always seems like a risk.

    The proviso is that at least £15m of the cash would have to be ploughed straight back into players this summer.

    Realistically, with us still owing Ashley a tonne of cash for the loans he gave the club, it would be only fair to allocate part of the sale to paying off debt.

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  • GeordieInSunderland

    May 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #30

    SM I hope you are wrong about us being a mediocre club and I hope Ashley has learned he must invest this pre season.

    If we could get rid of Tiote for £20m that would be a good deal. I agree Ben Arfa is the player who excites you when he has the ball but he always tries to beat one man to many and a lot of the time ends up putting the defence under pressure through losing the ball then doesn’t track back to defend his error.

    Anita anyone think if we got our money back would you take it. I think he’s to lightweight for EPL.

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  • toonarmyuk

    May 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #31

    By the way, I don’t post on here often, but as I’m here, just wanted to say that I support Mike Ashley at this club for the job he’s doing.
    Alan Pardew isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and I agree that the club probably had every right to consider letting him go this summer, but after YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS of fans at this club screaming for consistency, I think it’s the right decision to keep him on for another season to give him a chance. Changing managers every year as soon as they have a downturn in fortune is not the way forward for this, or any, club.

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  • Sav

    May 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Reinvestment is the key. 50-odd games in 3 years (and rarely for 90 minutes) is not enough to make a crucial difference. I’m more worried that the Coloccini saga will scupper us than what happens to Ben Arfa. Having said that, I love watching the lad play and hope this is the season when he plays every game.

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  • Spartak Miserable

    May 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #33

    G.I.S – I also hope i am very wrong, as a season ticket holder i want to see top football at this club, but at the minute thats what we are – mediocre. Agree with hoping that Ashley will not try and fluke another couple of cheap deals or wait till january again and gets some proven quality in early before targets lost to other clubs who are actually willing to pay the dosh – however based on previous transfer windows, i am not too confident on that.

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  • GeordieInSunderland

    May 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    SM I agree I have three season tickets go along with my 2 sons and my youngest one last season was his first season and the dross that was served up I’m surprised he wants to continue but he does. My eldest is like us would watch 11 bins play at St James Park.

    Think we have the makings of a decent team with 2-3 good additions, playing players in their rightful positions and we could get top 8. A couple of good cup runs and I would be happy.

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  • Dragon64

    May 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #35

    If a team comes in for afra with daft money sell him simple as that. Gives ball away far too much yes scores the odd wonder goal but if they can buy a couple of players with the money no problem with that. Don’t want toon to buy players for daft money and big wages we have been there and done that and doesn’t work as we all no.

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  • gazzaforever

    May 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Are you all insane or what, especially the idiot who said that marveaux can make benny s job ahahaaha funny tit. Without hba newcastle will sink for sure, he s the only star player here, stop staying he s injury prone. He was unlucky and badly managed but now his form is back, omg this forum is full of clueless dumbasses

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  • Dragon64

    May 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Why do you say we will sink if we sell benny.. Don’t think he’s the player that you all go on about.
    Gives ball away too much

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  • DannyH10

    May 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #38

    We need more wingers not less. At the moment Ben Arfa is our only top wide player. Marv is better in a number 10 free role, although he has done well out wide this season. We’ve had to rely on Jonas for too long, and we can’t play obertan.

    Hopefully keep Ben arfa, and buy at least one more winger.

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  • mindshaft

    May 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Trouble is that as ever Ash / Llambias would say the reinvestment would be for a 10 million player plus his wages which makes up 19 million

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  • toonluvva

    May 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40

    For Krul, Cabaye, Hatem & Colo it’s just a matter of who’ll buy them and for how much over the summer.

    By January if we start the season the same as we finished the last one, there will be a growing queue of players wanting to get away.

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