News today that Newcastle have started the process of unloading a number of our French contingent, who do not have a future at Newcastle, and they are said to include Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa in action for Newcastle at Stoke
The report is in the Journal from Mark Douglas, and the names have been circulated to clubs in France, and Newcastle want a fee for each one of those Frenchmen, two of which are French Internationals in Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa.
The £3M fee we want for Sylvain Marveaux. who we signed as a free agent from Rennes thee years ago, is highlighted as being a barrier to moving him out.
Alan Pardew has been told he can use whatever fees he gets from the four to bring in new players – but how are we going to recuperate the £8M or so we paid out to Montpellier, for their then captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa a short seventeen months ago?
Maybe a loan deal could be arranged for him in France, and that would at least get his wages off the books for next season.
And one other Frenchman will definitely be leaving the club this summer and that is 24 year-old Romain Amalfitano, who has been a bust since we signed him from Reims as a free agent two years ago.
Maybe we could get £2M each for Marveaux and Obertan and maybe a bit more for Ben Arfa, who would be a steal for some club at £3M or £4M – and it’s fairly low because he has only on year left on his contract at Newcastle.
And unfortunately it’s looking almost certain that Ben Arfa has played his last game for Newcastle United.
And we’ll have the memories of some fantastic goals this lad has scored for us, since he arrived in the summer of 2010 from Marseilles.
But it seems he’s now a luxury at Newcastle we just cannot afford, with the team struggling so much for long periods over the last couple of seasons.