Revealed the 10 clubs who want to sign free agent Hatem Ben Arfa
Fans will always be divided on Hatem Ben Arfa.
That includes Newcastle supporters.
With some seeing all of the positives, whilst others only seeing the negatives, with not a great many people in between.
One thing surely everybody can agree on though, is that the winger is capable of real brilliance.
The description of flawed genius surely could have been written for him.
His stay at PSG has been nothing short of a disaster after previously having a stellar season when his 17 goals in 33 Ligue One starts propelled Nice from nowhere into European competition.
Living his dream he joined PSG, even though knowing he wouldn’t be playing every week.
However, there is not playing every week and…not playing every week.
Hatem Ben Arfa made only five league starts in 2016/17 and minimal involvement (122 minutes) in the Champions League, only for things to get far worse.
After falling out with PSG, the winger hasn’t played a single minute of competitive football in these past 15 months and indeed hasn’t even made it onto the subs bench.
Despite that, it has now been revealed that 10 clubs have already indicated their interest in taking the 31 year old on, once his contract finishes at the end of June.
L’Equipe say that concrete offers have already been made by Tigres (Mexico), Rubin Kazan (Russia) and Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).
As well as that trio, Fenerbahce and Besiktas registered their interest some time ago but haven’t as yet made a formal offer.
As for French clubs, both Lyon and Rennes have went public in wanting to take him,
Whilst over in Spain, Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla are all keen to sign Hatem Ben Arfa up.
The French newspaper say that the winger has told his agents that he is looking at a club who can give him European football, so that helps narrow it down.
Maybe a surprise that no English clubs are showing interest, in a player who can turn on the magic at times.
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