Sir Alex Ferguson looks to French flair player to fill Cristiano Ronaldo shaped Old Trafford void.
The future of exciting French winger Hatem Ben Arfa seems a little clearer today, with the 22-year-old set to remain at Marseille for the rest of the season.
Ben Arfa appears to have played himself back into the reckoning at OM after a fine display in the club’s 2-0 win at Auxerre in their last Ligue 1 match.
Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier is widely quoted in France today: “Ben Arfa will not leave this club in January.”
Olympiakos and Manchester United have been linked with Ben Arfa in recent weeks and Dassier didn’t totally rule out a move.
Dassier: “For now, we have not received any offers. But if a club like Manchester United or Real Madrid offered 45 million euros we would have to think about it… Today he stays, tomorrow who knows.” (IMscouting)
About 18 months ago Hatem Ben Arfa was a player everyone wanted, it appeared he could do no wrong and a move from his native France was inevitable with the cream of European football beating a path to his door, but then nothing happened. Don’t be fooled into thinking the winger’s continuing presence in Ligue 1 is solely out of choice because you can guarantee that had the talented flair player gotten the call that so many other fellow French players have received to come join La Liga, Serie A or the Premier League then he would have gone in a heartbeat.
After four seasons and four titles in the Lyon first team Ben Arfa left for Marseille and had a fine season last term but will surely be keen on a move to Old Trafford. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may claim that the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t effected their push for major honours but I am sure deep down he would love to bring in another creative option to boost his attacking midfield slots. Gabriel Obertan appears to have some potential whereas Nani has been a mistake from day one. Ben Arfa could be just the tonic, but not at the price Marseille are trying to get for his services.
The French club know that Manchester United have cash to burn but perhaps a deal can be struck as a move from the Stade Venodome is surely on the cards for the 22 year old and it could well be a transfer that does Manchester United a world of good in both the short and long term.