Blues turn to Frenchman.
Chelsea are preparing to turn to Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa as an alternative to Wigan’s Victor Moses.
The European Champions are ready to offer an initial £12 million for the skilful Frenchman. Ben Arfa has been at St James’ Park for two years, after originally arriving on Tyneside on loan, but only broke into the first team in the second half the last season.
The 25-year-old dazzled with a series of impressive performances and stunning solo goals as Newcastle finished an impressive 5th in the Premier League.
Chelsea want Ben Arfa as part of their summer rebuilding programme after learning that Wigan are reluctant to part with top-target, Victor Moses.
The west Londoners have already signed wide-men Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, while Kevin de Bruyne is also expected to play a part after being loaned out last term.
Despite such an abundance of talent, Chelsea want more new faces at Stamford Bridge and saw an opening £4 million bid for Moses rejected last week. The club have already moved on to Ben Arfa, however, believing Newcastle are willing to part with the tricky star, albeit for a hefty fee.
The former Lyon and Marseille playmaker has 13 caps for France and was part of Laurent Blanc’s side that failed to impress at Euro 2012. If he signs, he will replace his compatriot Florent Malouda, who is headed to Brazilian club Vasco da Gama.