A Little Late On This But…

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Arsenal, Transfer Rumors
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according to Arseblog who has a link to AS, a Spanish paper,  but we’ve apparently lodged a €23 million bid for Santi Cazorla of Málaga. granted I only used an online translator but suffice it to say it’s the usual back & forth in a transfer.  We’ve offered the €23 million, whilst Málaga wants us to pay the minimum release clause fee of  €45 million.

Now, I have to make a comment about release clauses here, because I see this a lot in threads & responses & Málaga’s position on a possible Cazorla move further perpetuates this myth that a minimum fee release clause is what the player’s sale price is, or should be.  This is not what a release clause that requires a fee is at all.

A minimum fee release clause simply means that if someone comes in & wants to pay whatever the release fee is, the club owning the player simply has to sell the player for that fee.  It’s a clause that triggers an automatic “release” when whatever the fee in the contract clause is, is met.  There’s no negotiation as it’s an automatic release & the player moves on subject to personal terms at that point.

However, the owning club can sell a player for a fee that they deem acceptable that can be much less the release clause fee, usually a current market evaluation of the player.  These release clauses are usually put in place & are set generally at double or triple what they think they could actually get for the player so as to potentially scare off possible buyers unless that buyer is willing to pay a premium fee for the player *Chelsea & Man City cough-cough*, *Real & Barcelona cough-cough*.

So, point being, Málaga is playing the extortion game pointing to the release clause hoping we’ll pay the premium price when our valuation of the player with our offer of €23 million is our offer based on what we think is his actual value or market price is.

Ok, had to get that off my chest because I see a lot of people pointing to release clauses & acting like that’s a player’s selling price, which isn’t.

Anyway, in the other “likely” signing of Nuri Sahin, in-cahoots-with-Madrid paper, Marca, originally said he’d moving to us on loan following Sp*rs dropping interest before the paper revised the release to saying that Sahin would just be moving to the Premier League.  So make of that what you will as that’s what lead to Arsène’s backtracking the other day with the “we haven’t signed somebody today, (emphasis mine)” comment.

Screenshot of original Marca release saying Sahin would move to Arsenal on loan

Updated signing/departures list (updates in red):
Confirmed signings: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln)
Confirmed departures: Manuel Almunia (released- Watford?), Pedro Botelho (Atletico Paranaense), George Brislen-Hall (released), Alban Bunjaku (Sevilla), Joel Campbell (Real Betís-loan), Denílson (São Paulo-loan), Gavin Hoyte (released- Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean McDermott (released), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston North End), Rhys Murphy (Telstar Velsen), Oğuzhan Özyakup (Beşiktaş), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Sanchez Watt (released- Arsenal reserves?)

Likely signings: Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Mbaye Niang (Caen), Nuri Şahin (Real Madrid)
Likely departures: Andrei Arshavin (Al-Sadd [Qatar], Fulham, Reading, Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Niklas Bendtner (Celta Vigo, Galatasaray, AC Milan, Spartak Moscow), Marouane Chamakh (Beşiktaş, Fiorentina, Rubin Kazan, Valencia-loan), Łukasz Fabiański, Vito Mannone (Hull City), Chu/Ju-Young Park (Al-Ain [UAE]), Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers-loan), Sébastian Squillaci (Bastia), Robin van Persie (AC Milan/Juventus/Manchester City/Manchester United)

Possible signings: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Lucas Biglia (RSC Anderlecht), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Tongo Doumbia (Rennes), Omar El-Haddouri (Brescia), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lewis Holtby (Schalke), Stéphane Mbia (Olympique Marseille), Kévin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao)Hugo Lloris (Lyon)Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic), Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Salomon Rondon (Málaga), Kenneth Udjus (Sogndal), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Possible departures: Benik Afobe (loan), Johann Djourou (Napoli), Conor Henderson (Charlton Athletic-loan), Henri Lansbury, Ignasi Miquel (Brighton & Hove Albion- loan), Aaron Ramsey (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Juventus,Liverpool, PSG, Southampton)

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