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 happening with the Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o, Felipe Melo and of course last season with want away Adebayor. Interesting that the buy out clause was announced today on the site, that is not normally the case – but maybe they’re looking to sell at their price or keep the player.
Elsewhere in the wonderful world of post-season, Cesc has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona and now Milan, whilst Ade has been linked with a move to Inter or AC Milan too – Arshavin has been surprisingly linked with a move to Barcelona… it does get a little comical now and again, doesn’t it?
And finally, more rumours are linking us with Serdar Tasci – a young German defender who has earned rave reviews this season.
Press reports in Germany suggest Arsenal are in deep negotiations with Stuttgart in order to sign their star defender Serdar Tasci. The 22-year-old has also been tracked by Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus after a superb season which has seen him break into the German international side on a regular basis.
But the player saying:
“I have to admit I’m flattered that clubs like Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus have had their eye on me in the past. But I’m not getting carried away with this. I’m focused on Stuttgart and looking to return to action following my knee injury.”
Mmmm, looks like I’m clutching at straws… Rumour truth rating… 3/10?
* Hoping there is some actual news to report *