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Newcastle Players For Sale – Haidara and Mapou Head List Of Five According To French Media

8 years ago

Five Newcastle players are up for sale with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara heading the list.

French media organisation Mercato365 state that according to their information, Newcastle have made five French imports available, with Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan competing the list.

Thanks as always to Pierre, our top French translator, for keeping an eye on the situation over the channel for us.

If the information out of France proves reality then it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise, with all five seemingly not in the manager’s plans as first choice players for one reason or another.

However, what it would do is blow a big hole in Newcastle been seen as a preferred move for ambitious players in France, with careers brought to a shuddering halt via a move to Tyneside.

While there had already been strong rumours/indications that Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Obertan were not wanted, the cases of Mapou and Haidara are strange ones to add to the list.

Haidara has been given next to no chance despite looking head and shoulders ahead of the likes of Dummett in terms of ability, while Mapou has played all across the back four and never really been given a chance to stake a claim with a proper run in his true position at centre-back.

In summary the players have made the following number of Premier League starts this past season;

Haidara (3), Marveaux (2), Ben Arfa (13), Obertan (0) and Mapou (17).

While Newcastle United aren’t the biggest payers in England, it could be very difficult for United’s French players to find new clubs back over the channel.

While PSG and Monaco are privately financed, the rest of the French clubs struggle financially compared to their English counterparts, while an added problem is that the tax situation is far better for French players over here, rather than in their native country.

The French honeymoon period looks most definitely at an end and there is an obvious risk of success stories such as Sissoko and Debuchy also been targeted this summer, as clubs look to recruit quality players like never before with the finances available.


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