Thursday, May 22, 2008
Anxious Heb calls up agent about Real interest
It seems that the Hleb transfer saga will drag on for much longer than anyone had anticipated.
At first there was the player meeting with an Inter intermediary at an ice cream parlour in Milan a month or so ago.
Then a couple of weeks ago the player’s agent came out publicly and declared that his player will be out of the club in two weeks by buying out the remainder of his contract.
After that came Wenger’s strong reaction that Arsenal were prepared to fight it out in an arbitration court which would mean that the saga would drag on for months and months.
Wenger was hinting that Hleb would miss the boat if the case went beyond the start of the new season.
And if all these were not enough there are the news yesterday that a bidding war has started between Inter, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Apparently Real are prepared to match Inter’s offer to the player of £100,000 per week.
This came from sporting director Predrag Mijatovic.
Although he doesn't look it here he has joined the Hleb fan club keen to bolster the right side of Madrid's midfield.
This is way beyond stingy Arsenal’s improved offer to the player of £60,000 per week.
For Hleb’s representative, Uli Ferber this is a welcomed intervention by Real.
Well he would wouldn’t he. This is what he said today:
"For any player in the world is always a great honour that a club like Real Madrid are interested in him."
"This confirms that the good work he has done Hleb in recent years is being recognized by one of the biggest clubs in the world. Let no one doubt that the interests of Madrid are a privilege for the footballer".
As reported by a good friend of Hleb’s in the Spanish press, the player when learning of the news about Real’s interest got on the phone to Ferber to find out more about their proposal.
Apparently he is anxious about bringing the whole matter of his transfer from Arsenal to a quick resolution.
Just how this will happen is beyond me.
Hlebgate to follow same route as Colegate