The news of Hatem Ben Arfa potentially moving to Barcelona has caused many headlines.
The resurrection of a player who both Newcastle and Hull washed their hands of just over a year ago, all but complete.
The media reported at the weekend that following talks with Barcelona representatives, Hatem Ben Arfa was due to visit the Camp Nou yesterday (Monday) for more talks and to be given a guided tour of the stadium and training facilities.
However, Hatem Ben Arfa himself put out a short statement on the Official Nice website stating:
“I’m not traveling abroad, contrary to what I read. I am in Nice.
“On the contrary, I am only focused on the trip to Guingamp like all my teammates. I am 100% focused on my goals with OGC Nice.”
This though only appears to be a temporary delay, as L’Equipe report this morning that the trip was cancelled at the last minute, as it was seen to be better to do it next week once Nice have completed their season. Hatem Ben Arfa having had talks with Nice club officials before deciding to postpone the visit.
Results at the weekend mean that rather than a place in the Europa League, Nice now have a very realistic chance of a claiming what would be an unbelievable Champions League spot for the club who are usually also-rans.
Saturday night sees the final round of Ligue 1 games and if Monaco fail to beat Montpellier and Nice triumph at Guingamp (where Marveaux was on loan last season), then Ben Arfa’s team will clinch the third Champions League qualifying space.
There seems little/no doubt about Barcelona’s interest in the player, with even the Nice President Jean Pierre Rivere having confirmed previously that talks have taken place:
“I would be very happy for him and for Nice if this move comes off.
“You do not reject Barcelona but it is up to him (Hatem Ben Arfa) to decide.
“If I was a player and Barcelona was offered to me, I would not ask questions, I would go!”