Date:Monday July 23 2007
Liverpool's lawyers are working on the possibility on Gabriel Heinze's move to Anfield after a bid for the player has been rejected.
OK, I won't bore the pants off you with recounting everything that happened in the Carlos Tevez saga. Then there was Javier Mascherano, playing for three teams in a single season thus requiring special permit to sign for Liverpool.
My question is, is it possible that Argentinian players simply attract trouble?
The latest on the list is Gabriel Heinze. Gaby, a quality player and a fans' favourite at Old Trafford reportedly wants to leave as he's not assured of regular first-team football. Patrice Evra's great form makes his job very difficult indeed.
The player himself said he only wants to leave if Ferguson tells him face-to-face that he does not need him. Such thing has not happened yet with Heinze away on holiday after an exhausting Copa America.
However, it's still widely believed that he's keen on joining Liverpool. Why the Scousers want him is obvious - he's a quality player and they need them desperately. But they have Riise and Fabio Aurelio for left-back so I still don't understand why Heinze would get more opportunities there.
Still, the fact is that Benitez had made a Ł7m bid for him that Sir Alex turned down at once, confirming he won't sell Gaby to a Premiership rival. Liverpool's tinkerman responded by claiming that the club's lawyers are working on forcing through the deal.
One might ask, how? Heinze is under contract, if United don't wish to sell him to Liverpool, then he won't go to Liverpool. But here's a part of the story that led me believe that Argentinians simply attract trouble.
Rumour has it that David Gill had sent a letter to Heinze in which he states that the defender could leave if someone bid in excess of Ł6m for him. It happened so Heinze should be allowed to move, according to his agent and to Liverpool.
I'm baffled by it, to be honest. United are no stranger to controversial transfer deals and to controversy itself. But it's highly unusual that David Gill just sends letters to players, making rash promises. That letter, if exists, equals to a release clause in the player's contract - and such thing is rarely included in the deals when United sign players.
Is it because of Heinze's agent? Is it because, as I suspect, Argentinians are prone to causing trouble or is it only a big fat lie and no such letter exists? We'll see.
Date:Monday July 23 2007
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