While Paris Saint-Germain has stolen the spotlight in France for much of this season, the former Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Afra has been nothing short of special for Nice this season.
Those performances have drawn the attention of Barcelona according to Nice president Jean Pierre Rivere.
Rivere told France 3 he wouldn’t mind Ben Afra exiting the club:
“I would be very happy for him and for Nice if this move comes off,” Rivère said. “You do not reject Barcelona, but it is up to him to decide. If I was a player and Barcelona was offered to me I would not ask questions, I would go! But it is not yet done according to what I am told.”
In 32 appearances this season for Nice, Ben Afra has scored 17 goals and added five assists. He ranks third in goals, only behind PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon.
Whoever signs Ben Afra is taking a major risk. In addition to his age, Ben Afra is having a career year, This season is the only time in his career that he has managed to score at least 19 goals.
Do you think that Ben Afra would be a good squad signing for Barca?