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.
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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