Stamford Bridge side keen on St James’ Park winger.
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Chelsea’s transfer tank rumbles on with Newcastle wizard Ben Arfa new £18m target
Hatem Ben Arfa is next on the list of Roman Abramovich’s transfer targets as Chelsea’s Russian owner looks to add more flair to his squad.
He appointed Roberto Di Matteo as full time manager with a two-year contract on Wednesday and is providing him with plenty of fire-power.
Chelsea have already acquired Marko Marin and Eden Hazard to bolster their attacking midfield options but Newcastle’s twinkle-toed Frenchman is next.
Blues representatives have approached Newcastle to enquire about the player and Chelsea believe they can procure him for around £18million – although Newcastle will demand more than £26m.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Alan Pardew is very much in danger of seeing his Newcastle United side become a victim of their own success. Having taken his Magpies side from the lower reaches of the Premier League table up towards the top four a number of the club’s top performers are now being tracked by prospective suitors and the St James’ Park boss will have a tough job on his hands preventing owner Mike Ashley looking to cash in on a player sale or two.
With Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote all likely to interest a number of sides now it appears that Chelsea are keen on French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who’s good form last term helped secure a spot in Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 squad.
The former Marseille man has bounced back following a serious injury and scored a couple of wonder goals last season as well as producing consistently effective displays.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo may feel the need to bring in new wide options given that Florent Malouda is getting on in years and Daniel Sturridge reportedly wants more of a central role. Marko Marin has been brought in but perhaps Ben Arfa will offer another possible attacking presence to the Stamford Bridge squad.