"Oh, history writer, don't close the pages yet!"
- May 17, 2007
Thank you so much, Zoki! I'm onto it!
Exactly. At the end of the day, this still might be pieces of stories (of course, some of them are well known now and confirmed by multiple sources over the years), who knows what else was there and how many players in and out. All clubs go through the same I believe.Very interesting article, although I'm sure every single club in the world has tonnes of these sliding doors moment stories.
It was suggested yesterday the main stumbling block is the length of contract. I can imagine that the club will give him a lengthier deal than they normally would because his conditioning is pretty good. Like Milner he is pretty fit, doesnt break down with injuries often and if fairly flexible in the positions he can play.Gini Wijnaldum is Liverpool's 'perfect' midfielder in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp but he's entered the final 18 months of his current contract with no talks on the horizonwww.goal.com
Who is he referring to?The agent who is talking to The Athletic represents some of the biggest names in the game. “I don’t mind a manager or a CEO saying ‘not for sale’,” he adds, smiling. “But if an owner says it, you ain’t going nowhere because their own credibility is on the line and they don’t want to be embarrassed.”
Upsetting anybody else is seen as fair game. Part of the game, in fact. It’s how transfers — very few of which are straightforward — get done. “If you can’t find a solution, you do whatever is necessary to get out,” another agent adds. “‘I’m not playing’, tossing it off in training, bad body language, not putting the effort in. You never get a move by being nice.”
To illustrate his point, the same agent tells a story about a current England international who missed out on a transfer to Liverpool because “he wasn’t prepared to do the last bit” of their exit strategy.
The player told his manager and the chief executive he wanted to leave but when it came to saying that he wouldn’t go on the pre-season tour that summer, he couldn’t bring himself to do it. He just wasn’t comfortable with taking things that far and, in the agent’s words, “fucked it”.
Deliberately playing badly, refusing to go on tour and threatening to score an own goal - there are many routes to a club's exit door...theathletic.com
Who is he referring to?
That was my thought but thought the talk at the time was that it was him not Leicester was the issue? Could be someone boring like Tarkowski as a back up CB! I was thinking the top stars. Thought Alli at one point but then remembered we had got it over the line with the club it was player and agent that we didn't convince on that one.
Could it be the Chelsea forward who was out with an injury for quite a while? we were also rumoured to be after him and that was fairly recent. Maguire was another of our targets when he was at Hull but i cant recall whether we actually bid for him