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Arsenal to trigger Fellaini's release clause

06/06/2013 | Comments (81)
And so it begins...

Reports in The Times and on suggest that Arsenal are planning on activating the release clause in Marouane Fellaini's contract with a club-record offer.

Goal "understand" that the terms of the Belgian's contract stipulate that a non-Champions League club would need a £24m bid to trigger the clause while the threshold drops to £22m for top-four teams like Arsenal.

Sources closer to Goodison suggest that no such tier exists and the clause in Fellaini's contract, inserted at his request when he extended his deal, applies to Champions League clubs only.

The Times report suggests that Arsenal are planning a £24m offer and there have also been suggestions that Chelsea remain interested in the 25 year-old.

If the reports of Arsenal's interest are true, the offer would be a club record for Arsenal who have typically been very frugal under Arsene Wenger.

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Kristian Boyce
718 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:32:54
Logically shouldn't it more money for a Champs League team than a non-Champs team as they earn more money. But then again logic & Everton management........
Robert Elliott
721 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:38:55
At least if true this won't be a drawn out saga dominating the entire summer like the Rooney and Lescott deals.

Take out the money owed to Standard, and this should mean £20m finding its way into RM's hands. That's if Bill's 100 per cent of money raised from transfers going back to the manager pledge is to be believed.....?

Steve Guy
723 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:39:57
I hope Martinez tells them and BK "no way". Keep hold. Typical Arsenal looking to get in quick and get a bargain. Hopefully a bidding war will ensue. I reckon Chelski , Sitteh and, dare I say it Manure, will dig deep for Fellaini.
Steve Guy
724 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:44:23
Oh and I forgot, cash please no cheques or never never loans or player cast offs
Robert Elliott
725 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:44:38
I think the point of a release clause is the selling club don't have the option of saying "no way".
Eddy Bernard
726 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:41:09
Let him go and spend the 22mill on removing all the posts at Goodison that obstruct your view.
Sam Hoare
727 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:45:02
Erm...Steve. If there's a release clause then they can't say no.

Good to get this sorted one way or another. I think we would miss Fella but not drastically.

Paul Ferry
729 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:39:14
Very good news.

I was hoping for a few million quid more.

We will be a stronger team without him so long as Teary Billy gives each one of the sponds to the new gaffer to splash out on a few new players

Fellaini has in my view at any rate become a risky costly liability remembered last season for his meltdown headbutts and elbows as much as anything else he did on the pitch.

Also one of the most over-rated players in the Prem. Ship him, improve the squad, we'll be better for it, and no more of those cringe-making silly black wigs.

James Martin
733 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:46:41
Can't really see him fitting in under Martinez anyway. We've spent too many years trying to fit the team around him anyway. If people want to see fast incisive pacy football with less hoofball then selling Fellaini and getting in a real creative mid is the best step to start restructuring this squad.

Arsene will get a shock when he relaises that Fellaini's idea of holding mid involves holding hands with the two centrebacks and doing nothing more than nodding away goal kicks.

Patrick Murphy
734 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:48:05
How about £22m and the return of Arteta? Then we'd have 2 best little Spaniards we know.
Patrick Murphy
736 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:50:58
James I bet you're in the middle of taking that Champagne out of the fridge?
Sam Hoare
737 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:50:11
Hope Booby was watching the Dutch vs German or the Spain vs Russia under 21 matches. Some good players there to put the Fellaini cash towards.

I'll take Adam Maher for starters.

James Martin
738 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:53:16
Patrick I'm waiting for the deal to be sealed - wouldn't want any regrettable and premature announcements.
Patrick Murphy
739 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:53:27
Sam #737 Hope that was a typo it doesn't sound like you have much faith in our new manager if you call him Booby.
Eugene Ruane
740 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:51:58
"Goal understand that the terms of the Belgian's contract stipulate that a non-Champions League club would need a £24m bid to trigger the clause while the threshold drops to £22m for top-four teams like Arsenal"

Come on Spurs, are you gonna let Arsenal shit on you like that?

Greg Mckerracher
741 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:55:58
Felli is on 80k a week. Not sure if they would smash their wage structure for the big Afro man.
Patrick Murphy
742 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:54:57
We have far too many regrettable and premature announcements in the long history of our club James so we certainly don't need any additions to the list.
Kevin Tully
743 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:43:12
I think most of us were resigned to losing him this summer, and if we can get £20m to reinvest in players that's fine by me. He was awesome on his day, and did a lot of dirty work in our midfield that often went unnoticed.

I wouldn't write Jelavic off just yet, he may come good in a 3-5-2 or similar formation, and deserves at least 6 months to prove himself, but Anichebe will never fit in a more mobile forward line, something lacking in his game, but would probably fetch £2-3m?

The key is to try where possible, to get our business done early, and maybe this is one of the faults of the last fella. I was amazed when he said he may watch players 20 odd times before deciding if he was right for the club. (He freely admitted he was indecisive when it came to new signings)

A Negredo to play alongside Jelavic would be mouth watering, and maybe Lescott back for his versatility at left back.

As long as we don't lose Baines, we could come out of this summer window happy with our dealings for the first time in years. If Baines goes for anything less than £25m, that would be a travesty, and is almost priceless because of the chances the creates.

Sam Hoare
744 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:57:18
Patrick, yes. A mistake indeed. Freudian maybe?
Chris Jones [Burton]
745 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:57:20
Well let's hope this triggers a bidding-war and the price starts at £22m. Manyoo could be expected to come in for him as well I suppose (player plus cash?)
Andrew Presly
746 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:45:39
The way Bill kept going on about "the one with the escape clause, which you all know about" was the most pathetic, though typical, aspect of the whole cringy press conference yesterday.

So we have a first team of about 8 first team players, record TV income, 6th place prize money in the world's richest league and even then he's still pushing one of our best players, one who sounds more like he wants stability going into a World Cup than to leave us, out of the door for only 7 - 9 million more than we paid for him about 6 years ago?!!

And what's worse (based on this rumour) we'd be aiding shite like Arsenal in the process?! They're the side we'd need to topple, and we could, to get top 4, so do me and Evertonians around the world a favour Bill, shut your cake hole till 1 September you small time clown!

Good luck Robbie!

James Martin
747 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:02:22
Looking back on the press conference what could Bill really say to that question about players leaving. if he says he's absolutely going to keep them then he gets called a liar when this happens. Equally he couldn't just say Fellaini's off to Arsenal. He said one had an escape clause that everyone already knew was there. Perhaps Martinez wants to sell him for some cash, who knows?
Dave Paul
752 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:09:22
Does anyone know if there is a sell on fee that liege would receive?
Andrew Presly
753 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:06:18
"We want to keep our best players and its up to the manager" etc etc Next question. But no, we get a sales pitch for our top scorer, probably most globally recognised player and all round star man from the guy who's meant to run the club?! He threw in a quip about "David" ringing him up for Bainsey in a later interview on EFC TV that made me feel a bit sick. All this and he doesn't put in a penny piece of his own....
Jamie Crowley
756 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:11:18
He's gonna go. We need as much moola as is possible from his sale.

I agree wholeheartedly with Eugene - whomever is interested keep leveraging them against one another and raise the price as high as humanly possible. Chelsea, Spurs, Manure, whomever.

Yes, I know that's stating the obvious, thank you very much.

Jamie Sweet
757 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:09:26
Can there be a bidding war if there is a release clause? Surely clubs will only offer the release clause value - which we would have to accept.

The only bidding war would then be on the terms of his contract if 2 or more clubs were interested, so the only winner of any war would be the big Fella himself.

Patrick Murphy
758 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:16:44
I think you're probably correct Jamie, Felli just has to agree to whichever club he wants to join.
Jamie Crowley
759 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:16:25
Jamie -

I don't know this answer, please forgive.

If two Clubs are interested, we still receive all monies above and beyond the release clause.


We need a bidding war and I think in Felliani we can get one.

Ray Roche
762 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:25:03
I think you'll find that we still owe Liege about £14m........;-)
Patrick Murphy
764 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:31:23
Ray it's not 14 million Euros is it, knowing BK's previous that will be about £22m as he took the worst possible exchange rate given over the last 6 years.
Ray Roche
770 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:40:53
Patrick, whatever it is that the clown Kenwright arranged with Liege you can bet that RM will not get £24m! We may see the phrase "Operating costs" come into play.
Dan Morris
772 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:30:31
Jamie S, pretty sure you're right – even if ten clubs come in at the £24 million he is free to join whichever of those he likes the look of/offers the best contract. Bidding more won't help them (but we can always hope there's another club out there who may stupidly come in higher anyway and Fellaini chooses them!)
Mick Doherty
773 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:42:23
Jamie there won't be any monies above and beyond the release clause. Any interested club will meet the activation clause then it will be between the suitor clubs and Fellaini, the bidding war would then be about how much wages the clubs are prepared to offer. So the maximum we can get is the activation price £22m or £24m or whatever it is set at. I think I read somewhere that Liege are due a percentage of the sell on price, 20 - 25% or something
Carl Peters
776 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:56:58
Ray (#762) — are you serious?

I think if two clubs come in for him the only thing Everton can insist on is cash. I'm not sure about bidding wars because surely anyone releasing the clause would be allowed to speak to him.

The decision would be his alone but we could just find he might want to stick around and see what happens with Martinez. I don't know whether that would a good or bad thing as far as funds would be concerned though.

John Gee
782 Posted 07/06/2013 at 00:11:38
Does the release clause relate to 'we have to let him go for that money' or is it 'we have to allow him to talk to them if they bid that money'?

Statistically, Fellaini is the best defensive mid in the PL plus he has a unique style and is instantly recognisable, which should equate to mucho grande spondulas for whoever buys him. £24m is cheap by football's ridiculous standards. If I was his agent or our sodding sobbing chairman I'd be telling him to give it another year as there will be increased interest in Everton due to a new attacking manager which, given he's a star in the team, would boost his profile and allow him to get on the radar of genuine CL clubs and not the likes of Arsenal who only get there by hook/crook... usually crook recently.

Felli, aim for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter, AC, Barca don't twat about in North London for team who are artificially propped up.

Chris James
783 Posted 07/06/2013 at 00:23:57
Will be sad to see Felli leave as he was a beast in the midfield and the sort of player that can change a game single-handed on his day, not easy to replace.

£24M, down to c.£20M post Liege cut + £10M of budget that Bk has alluded to and another £4-5M from Heitinga and we're looking at a decent wedge for Martinez to start with.

Almost as important, if we do lose Felli and Heitinga (on top of mucha, Hitz and Nev) we've got a bit of play on the wage bill too.

Surely that's got to be enough for 1 decent striker (c.£15M), a couple of mids (£10M combined) , back-up keeper (£2-3M) and another decent centre back ($5-6M), especially if we can get some loanage going. Apparently Lukaku wants another year playing first team footballl...have a word Kev!

Jamie Crowley
801 Posted 07/06/2013 at 02:22:03
John -

my question exactly. I would think it's the 'we have to allow him to talk to them if they bid that money' and I'd think any final agreed upon number goes to Everton.

Not 24 mil to Everton and all above that to a third party / player / agent.

I dunno.

Someone crystallize this for the dummy...

Dick Fearon
802 Posted 07/06/2013 at 01:51:46
What sickens me is year on year seeing our better players sucked into a transfer talk while the likes of Osman does not even get a mention.
This year it is Fellaini when he is precisely the type who could play a vital role in a trophy winning team. Meanwhile homage is paid to Osman who would never be in the same class.

I cannot see Moyes standing by while Wenger et al snaffles the big fellow for less than 30mil.

Matthew Svatos
811 Posted 07/06/2013 at 04:07:40
Considering that a Russian club activated Messi's release clause (of over €100 million) last season and he's still playing for Barca, the player has a lot more to do with it than people think. If they don't want to go they don't have to. If the big fella wasn't talking shite, he's already said he wants to stay so it might take a bit more than the bare minimum for a team to sign him.
Mark Tanton
818 Posted 07/06/2013 at 06:43:20
Maybe I'm thick but I don't see how a buy-out clause will start a bidding war. Say Man Utd, PSG and Arsenal all bid the required amount; why would anyone have to then bid anymore? We have to accept all offers of a certain price, then surely it's down to personal terms over which we have no control?
Mark Tanton
819 Posted 07/06/2013 at 06:50:55
Also, I think Baines is perhaps more likely to leave than Fellaini. He's at his absolute peak now and the World Cup is coming up - Man Utd surely represents the best opportunity for him. Or does he want a career of best left back and fewest medals? It's an interesting one, how ambitious is he?
Mike Green
822 Posted 07/06/2013 at 06:44:15
Mixed feelings about this to be honest.

At his best unplayable, at his worst a bit of a waste of space. The question is would Martinez get more great performances out of him than Moyes did? Who knows.

Personally, if it means we can keep Baines and Roberto gets the money to invest I say let him go. I've got a feeling he could dig out a striker and a midfielder for the money that would more than compensate.

Take it.

Ray Roche
829 Posted 07/06/2013 at 07:43:42
Carl Peters @ 776

Carl, you say "the only thing Everton can insist on is cash". Would that be the same cash up front that we got for Rooney? Or the money that came in attached to "appearances, performance etc? Very few transfers are cash up front and Bungling Bill doesn't appear to me to be the right guy to have when it comes down to haggling over terms. Everton appear amateurish and naive when it comes to finances, apart from the Lescott deal which I think Moyes had much to do with. I hope you're right, I hope Fellaini stays around for another season but he, and his arl fella, have been talking up a move for years now.

Sam Hoare
833 Posted 07/06/2013 at 07:55:08
Mark tanton is right, there will be no bidding war. If there is a release clause then no club will need to bid beyond that figure as we are required to accept all offers of that amount.

The only war maybe in terms of what wages they offer him which obviously does not affect us.

Jamie Barlow
834 Posted 07/06/2013 at 07:52:19
I don't think he'll go to Arsenal. I hope not anyway. Surely any player thinking of leaving will give it one more year under the new manager.

We could get 3 or 4 million for Heitinga, however much Moyes had in January and maybe some more from the tv money for Roberto to spend.

We should be keeping our better players.

Colin Glassar
835 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:07:51
Sod it. Let the bidding war commence!! I think we could get around £30m for the big man if several clubs are involved. Let it start at £24m and see who offers the most. We need players who want to be at the club not someone who every season goes on about moving to a CL club. Love you Fellaini but you're not bigger than our club.
Colin Glassar
836 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:11:10
Sam, that's true but if they definitely want him they won't run the risk of hoping their financial offer is better than the other interested clubs. I think we can hold out for the highest bid.
John Jones
841 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:22:27
I love Fellaini, Saying That I would Take £24 Million if that Figure is right. However I would Not be surprised if it was higher. I think £24 Million is what the paper have come up with.

If there is a bid Lets hope that Martinez Bids For a midfielder before its gets in the press and Everton start getting quotes inflated price because other teams know we have money.

Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari Would be a good looks a beast every time I have seen him play.

Also would Love to See John Lundstrum given a chance next season. He was voted 4th best played in the tourament in the last U20s world cup and he was 17. He is there again with Barkley. Every other player on that list in the top 10 2 years ago starting playing first team football Stirling was 7th , Moyes overlooked Lundstrum big Surprise!

Jamie Sweet
842 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:30:55
Why would anyone bid more than the release clause? If Arsenal bid £24m and Man Utd bid £26m we would still have to accept Arsenal's bid. That is the point of a release clause and the reason why nobody will bid higher than the clause value... Is my understanding of the situation anyway.
Jamie Barlow
844 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:36:33
Colin, if Arsenal offer £24 million and Chelsea offer £26 million, it will still be up to Fellaini where he wants to go as both clubs would have met the required fee for the clause to kick in. Nobody will offer more than £24 million. There's no point.
Phil Sammon
847 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:21:40
Is everybody thick or what?

£24 million is the release clause. If somebody meets that then we have to accept the bid. Why would anybody in their right mind try to 'outbid' another team when all they need to do is offer the exact same £24 million.

And as for John's question:
'Does the release clause relate to 'we have to let him go for that money' or is it 'we have to allow him to talk to them if they bid that money'?'

What the hell are you talking about?! How do the two differ?

If the release fee is met then we have to accept the offer. He will discuss terms with other clubs and he will decide his future. It really isn't a tough concept.

However, just to throw a slight spanner in the works, last year Phil McNulty claimed that the release clause was present but that it could well be more than £24 million. He's a bit of a chancer in my opinion so not totally convinced on that 'scoop'.

Rob Dolby
850 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:36:47
I watched the Dutch u21 v Germany u21 game last night. The lad who scored the winner for Holland looked a good player. Big strong center mid good in the air. errm Leroy Fer I think his name is, anyone heard of him before.
Ged Simpson
851 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:42:11
In true Harry Enfield speak Phil : "Calm down. Calm Down"
Sam Hoare
860 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:12:30
Colin, no. The whole point is that if there is a release clause you can't hold out for anything. Like Phil says.

From what i've heard the release clause is £22m for a champions league club and £24m for others. So the best we can hope for is that a non-champions league club fancy him and the feeling is mutual. Probably not though so £22m it is.

Phil Sammon
892 Posted 07/06/2013 at 10:20:36
Ha. Sorry, Ged, I just found it quite vexing.
Brian Harrison
898 Posted 07/06/2013 at 10:47:28
Just shows how much power the players and their agents have, I mean why as a buying club would you let the player have a release cause in the contract? I can imagine what Clough or Shankly would have said, but now, because the agents call all the shots, the clubs are afraid to refuse the release clause.

So now we have a situation where our player and his agent have already agreed what Everton will get from his sale, and it wouldn't matter if all the richest clubs in the world want him, we won't get a penny more than is in his release contract.

Phil Sammon
914 Posted 07/06/2013 at 12:10:55

The thing is, it was a case of either we agree to the clause or Fellaini could have run down his contract and left for nothing.

To be honest, I can sort of understand a release clause from the players point of view. It means they have much more control over their own future - which I know I'd be keen on if I were a player.

Everton's mistake was the figure they agreed on. If we could have pushed it up to £28-£30 million then I'd be much happier.

Anyway, what's done is done. I'd be happy for him to sign a new deal. And I'd be happy for him to go if Martinez gets all the proceeds.

Dick Fearon
916 Posted 07/06/2013 at 12:15:59
It is up to the player whether he wants to be released.
Stan Sheppard
924 Posted 07/06/2013 at 13:22:17

BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Marouane Fellaini's camp, Everton and Arsenal all deny release clause met. Arsenal not in for Rooney or Cesar. Jovetic on radar but not near top."

Michael Winstanley
926 Posted 07/06/2013 at 13:32:02
He's not going anywhere. Martinez wants to strengthen, you don't sell the best midfielder you have.
Sam Hoare
927 Posted 07/06/2013 at 13:37:51
Michael! We don't have a choice! How are people not understanding this!
Phil Sammon
941 Posted 07/06/2013 at 14:19:07
Mellow out Sam.
Sam Hoare
947 Posted 07/06/2013 at 14:36:27
Sorry, Phil. I just found it quite vexing!
John Gee
956 Posted 07/06/2013 at 14:42:27
Journalists are beating the grass to startle arsenal into bidding for someone. Gazidis has said what people from Arsenal say every year 'we have money available for the manager'. They're not going to go and spend £70m and break their wage structure for 3/4 marquee signings. It's not Wenger's MO at all.

Dortmund on the other hand will be cash rich and down at least one midfielder in the summer, albeit an attacking one.

Callum McNab
981 Posted 07/06/2013 at 16:00:31
Why sell him to strengthen their team? And weaken ours? Ask him to see how things go till January,n and then make a decision. Let's buy not sell, and let's have a go for frig's sake. Selling the curly one might send the wrong signals to the rest of the players.

Listening to Collymore, every club is meant to be getting at least £60 million with the new TV deal. Mind you, Billy Boy might want to put on a new production down south, so it could be more diamond-studded lawn mowers being bought again.

Michael Winstanley
995 Posted 07/06/2013 at 16:31:42
Sam I really don't think we have to sell and Fellaini will stay. I believe that.

It makes no sense to sell our best midfielder, it would leave us with Gibson (injury prone) and Osman or Barkley to play in the middle. Any combo of two from those three is significantly weaker than Fellaini add one.

If I'm honest Sam I don't get this notion of selling Fellaini being good for our club. If Moyes had stayed then yes I could see why Fellaini might have gone but with a new manager with new philosophy and the quality we have then I can see him staying.

Having said all of that, if Roberto doesn't fancy him or paying him 75k a week then he might not have a choice.

Sam Hoare
045 Posted 07/06/2013 at 19:37:04
Michael, Callum. You're slightly missing the point. In fact, ignore the slightly.

If (as is widely reported) Fellaini has a release clause in his contract then we have no choice. If a bid is made that meets the release clause then we HAVE to accept it, irrelevant of whether it is good for the team or not. It is a contractual obligation.

The only way around this would be to negotiate a new contract that did not have a release clause in it. Or if Fella himself did not want to go.

Brian Murphy
076 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:39:25
Guys I got wind that a London club has offered £27 million for Fella, however he actually wants to stay at the club. Refreshing in the days of the mercenary professional footballer.
Brian Murphy
077 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:41:56
That should be mercenary of course
Phil Sammon
082 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:44:59

Why would we sell our best player though? It makes no sense for us. I'd reject the £24 million.

Haha. We're fighting a losing battle here.


Probably QPR

Alan Smith
083 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:41:05
It would be a mini disaster if it was arsenal. If the contract doesn't exclude them, then you have to assume ate board have no intention if challenging seriously for fourth spot.

We would have finished top six twice and allowed the 4th placed team to buy our best player two years running.

It would have been like villa giving benteke to Wigan in jan. its suicide. Or good plan to make sure we never catch arsenal.

Arsenal could do with a good left back too

Brian Murphy
084 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:54:22
Hi Phil, no QPR offered 30, just because I suppose :), I think he will end up going but if he does let's try get as much as we possibly can for the chap
Alan Smith
088 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:52:55
Lets give Fellaini and bains a signal of intention and go into debt for Rooney.

Make Rooney capt, give him Neville's, hieghtingas, hitzelsperga and Moyes wages. And tell him to get us fourth place. if we fail sell the three of them if needs be.

Moving to London to get knocked out of champ lqu QF, means nothing.

Leading Everton to the first champ lqu would go down in history. It would mean more than winning any of the medals he's already got!

Peter Foy
090 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:45:18
What if club x offers 24m up front and club y offers 24m over 5 years and millions of appearances?

Are we still obliged to accept both offers?

Phil Sammon
091 Posted 07/06/2013 at 21:05:17
Good question Peter. I would assume it is written in the contract as to what payment instalments are acceptable.
Michael Winstanley
093 Posted 07/06/2013 at 20:54:25
Sam, I agree with your point but it is only if Fellaini wants to leave, I don't think he does.
Eugene Ruane
095 Posted 07/06/2013 at 21:44:41
Scored tonight Felli (header).
Patrick Murphy
097 Posted 07/06/2013 at 21:53:03
Jela couldn't even get on as sub against Scotland, how far has that lad fallen in little over 12 months. Naismith came on as sub and did little. Coleman played well 2nd half against Faroe Islands.
Tony Foxwell
104 Posted 07/06/2013 at 22:15:22
When the story of the buy-out close first came out it was stated it was £26m and only to a Champions League side. That is what I am relying on to be true. Not even interested in what has been said since then.
Alan Smith
106 Posted 07/06/2013 at 22:06:02
I would have thought most transfer payments are done over the length of players contract or a couple of installments at least. does anyone remember fiorentina owing us an installment for Kanchelskis years later?

We would probably have to accept £5m a year for 5 years, if he decided to leave.

Hopefully BK wrote into clause "money up front and excluding the RS(never in top 4 again hopefully) and Arsenal"..... Personally I'd have allowed him to lower it a couple of mil, just to F them 2 off!

But that would assume our board had some foresight.

Callum McNab
115 Posted 07/06/2013 at 22:28:18
Sam, I know what you are saying,but just because the clause is triggered, doesn't mean the lad has to say yes. I would point out to him that a certain manager at Arsehole, bought a lad called Jeffers. Who ended up with splinters in his arse from sitting on the bench all the time.

He may use the curly one like Arteta,but he stands more of a chance getting football every week at Goodson . How many players have thought the grass was greener away from Everton, only for it to been a disaster for them.

Anyway the Arshole aren't guaranteed CL yet,there is a qualifying round yet,and the way they have been playing hot and cold, they might not get it.

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