According to French media outlet L’Equipe, Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Hatem Ben Arfa on a free when his contract with the French club expires at the end of this month, and West Ham United should forget about a big-money deal for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson and sign him instead.
Well, L’Equipe report that Dortmund are keen to bring the explosive 31-year-old attacker in for nothing to boost their squad, following what was a difficult campaign at the Parc des Princes for the France international.
5ft 11in tall Ben Arfa was excluded by new Arsenal manager Unai Emery during a frustrating 2017/18 season, and he will surely be keen to move to a club where he is guaranteed regular first-team football – whether the Bundesliga suitors can do that remains to be seen.
Meanwhile West Ham, who have suffered a huge double setback in their bid to sign a 28-year-old star, are reportedly closing in on a huge €38m (around £33m) deal to sign Anderson according to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira on Twitter, as new Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini looks to make some statement signings for the east London club.
It was a disaster for the 31-year-old, who was completely frozen out of the first-team picture by Emery following the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar last summer, and he failed to make a single appearance for them throughout the entire season.
That perhaps would have produced a mixed reaction from some given that he scored four goals and provided a further seven assists in 32 outings for them previously – not bad considering the majority of those came from the substitutes’ bench.
While he may be getting on a little bit, Ben Arfa has proven time and time again the quality, power and ribbling ability that he has in his locker, and the fact that he can play anywhere across the frontline proves just how versatile and useful he can be.
The addition of such a talented and experienced individual on a free would certainly save the Irons plenty of money, and ensure that Pellegrini has money to spend on other areas that perhaps need more attention – like in central midfield and at centre-back.
The 31-year-old may also feel that he has unfinished business in the Premier League following his rollercoaster spell with Newcastle United previously.