It’s that time of year when the squad gets shaken up, fringe players leave, promising youngsters sign new deals and we hopefully get a few additions to the first team squad. Well, today is that day. James Dunne, Rui Fonte, Abu Ogogo, Paul Rodgers, Rene Steer, Vincent van den Berg and Anton Blackwood have all been released as well as the mercurial Amaury Bischoff – who looks even more unfit now than when he joined – he sounds like the kind of player that will never make it, but this time last year, maybe worth a gamble… We also signed up four of our kids on long term deals – Luke Ayling, Craig Eastmond, James Shea and Cedric Evina have been handed professional contracts.
Back in the world of “will he / won’t he” – Felipe Melo has now signed an extension to his Fiorentina contract which will see him stay with the Italian team until 2013. Interesting news is that he has inserted a buy out clause into his contract. The buy out clause is reportedly set at £21m – a figure that is much higher than a team such as ourselves would be willing to pay.
“Fiorentina announces that its sporting director Pantaleo Corvino met in Milan with Felipe Melo’s agent and an agreement was reached to extend the player’s contract until 2013 with a buy-out clause also included.”
A lot of agent talk does circulate around the premise of attempting to renegotiate a players contract at their current club and we can see this