Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Dimitrov’s transfer to Arsenal hit a snag
There has been pure rubbish written in the last few days about Bulgarian Nicolay Dimitrov’s “impending” transfer to Arsenal (for 700k).
As you may recall “Arsenal Analysis” first reported on Dimitrov’s trial period at London Colney, the ensuing communication between Arsene Wenger and the Levski hierarchy and the scouting that took place by Arsenal’s Bobby Bennet.
So you would expect that we will be one of the first ones to get a sniff of any impending transfer that might involve Dimitrov.
What has actually happened is that the Independent in an article last week mentioned in passing, if you like, that Arsenal’s interest in Dimitrov may be renewed.
This has resulted in various blogs and the Epping Forest Guardian of all newspapers taking it as fact that the deal has gone through!
Well we have news for you.
Firstly the Bulgarian site that one Arsenal blog (we will not mention their name here) quotes as their hot source, “The Sofia Echo” has no such news on Dimitrov.
Secondly our sources have informed us that a reason for the inactivity around Dimitrov’s transfer to Arsenal is that a work permit is required by the UK authorities for any player originating from Bulgaria (and Romania).
This is even if Bulgaria is a fully fledged member of the European Union as there is a restriction on the movement of labour which will last until the beginning of 2009.
This was also the reason that the transfer (for £700k) of another Bulgarian, CSKA Sofia’s Valentin Iliev, to Norwich failed last January.
So if there is to be any activity on this front it will have to be with the new year unless Arsenal ask and get special dispensation for Dimitrov.
But this is unlikely as he has not played in three quarters of Bulgaria’s international games.
Dimitrov for his part has said that he has read of the English press stories about him and Arsenal but all he is doing now is concentrating on helping his club, Levski, get into the UEFA positions in Bulgarian League.
"I read what they have issued in England for me and Arsenal. I try not to think of these things but only of Levski” he said to Bulgarian Sports paper “Gong”.