Former Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa closing in on shock move to Barcelona

Former Newcastle flop Hatem Ben Arfa will hold talks with Barcelona this week, according to reports in France.

The attacking midfielder will be a free agent in the summer as his contract with Nice is due to expire and he has refused to sign a new deal.

Around 18 months ago Ben Arfa was released by Newcastle, but he has been reborn since returning to France and his tally of 18 goals this season has attracted interest from several clubs.

Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain had been linked with the France international, as had Turkish giants Galatasaray.

But, according to L’Equipe, Ben Arfa will hold talks with Barcelona this week about a move in the summer.

The Spanish giants registered an interest earlier this month and they are now ready to follow it up with a concrete offer.

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