Chelsea’s transfer tank rumbles on with Newcastle wizard Ben Arfa new £18m target
Hatem Ben Arfa is next on the list of Roman Abramovich’s transfer targets as Chelsea’s Russian owner looks to add more flair to his squad.
He appointed Roberto Di Matteo as full time manager with a two-year contract on Wednesday and is providing him with plenty of fire-power.
Chelsea have already acquired Marko Marin and Eden Hazard to bolster their attacking midfield options but Newcastle’s twinkle-toed Frenchman is next.
Blues representatives have approached Newcastle to enquire about the player and Chelsea believe they can procure him for around £18million – although Newcastle will demand more than £26m.
Chelsea are also pursuing Hulk although if they sign Ben Arfa it remains to be seen whether they will continue Ben Arfa cost Newcastle just £5m from Marseilles after he moved on loan to the club in 2010.