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The Real Transfer Values Of The Newcastle Players Mike Ashley Is Trying To Sell

7 years ago

It has now been revealed that while Mike Ashley has allowed Alan Pardew to choose the players to go on the transfer list, it is the Newcastle owner who has set the baseline prices.

The Journal have reported that according to their information this is the case, while Pardew will be told to just get on with it and accommodate the unwanted players if Newcastle can’t get rid.

Surely a recipe for disaster…

The players who are said to be definitely on the list to be ditched are Mapou, Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Obertan. The other side of the coin of course is that if transfer fees aren’t brought in for these players then there is little doubt there will be even less money available for incoming transfers.

When they arrived at St.James’ Park the fees were reported as follows; Hatem Ben Arfa £5.75m Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa £6.7m, Gabriel Obertan £3m and Sylvain Marveaux’ fee is anything from a free up to £6m depending on where you read.

These are the vital statistics of how these four players have contributed in the Premier League;

Obertan has made 4 Premier League starts in last 2 years, Marveaux 13 PL starts in 3 years, 28 PL starts in a year and a half, while Hatem has started 48 PL matches in 4 years.

The players are most likely to end up back in France if Newcastle can shift them and the tax situation over there means that the players would take home less pay even if they were on the same wages as in England, plus the other problem being that the money paid to players in England being much higher anyway than the average French club.

So the reality for me, looking at the wages situation and what has happened to the players in their time at Newcastle, is that their value has to have dropped from when they arrived.

I can’t see anybody paying money for Marveaux and Obertan AND paying similar wages, so realistically no fee can be expected for those two.

As for Mapou, he arrived as a rising star, captain and centre-back of title winning Montpellier and in the France squad. Now he is mainly used as an emergency full-back and nowhere near the French national team – that to me means Newcastle would be lucky to recoup £2m-£3m.

As for Ben Arfa, we all know what he’s capable of but everybody in the world knows he is unwanted by Pardew and has only one year left on his contract. No doubt he’ll be the highest paid of the four and I reckon sadly that a couple of million is the best will be brought in to go (possibly!) into the transfer kitty.

A disastrous transfer policy that is now completely falling apart.


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