With the recent appointment of Claude Puel as Leicester City's new manager, there had been significant talk of the possible January transfer of Hatem Ben Arfa from PSG to the King Power Stadium as he is a long term admirer of the talented midfielder, whom he managed at Nice.
However, it seems the 30-year-old has his own agenda for potential suitors, which will stifle the Foxes' ambitions of capturing one of their proposed targets in the forthcoming transfer window.
Reported Leicester City target Hatem Ben Arfa is only willing to leave PSG for a Champions League club, according to reports in France. He is also not keen on taking a pay cut from his current €500,000 a month deal #LCFC #PSG pic.twitter.com/ZBZQgXXQxz— Leicester City FC (@FIRST4LCFC) November 15, 2017
According to Le Parisien; reported via Sports Witness, the French international will only leave Paris for a team capable of winning the Champions League - this severely limits the realistic options.
The fact that Ben Arfa is earning a substantial salary, which many clubs would find difficult to justify paying a mercurial talent, could be the main reason why he has decided to stay - for the time being at least.
The Frenchman looks like he has decided that his immediate future is at the Parc des Princes. Although this decision will disappoint Puel, it will give him substantial time to properly assess his current Leicester City players before renewing his alleged interest in the summer, if his squad requires an overhaul.