The delay in the Joey Barton deal is due to Barton and his lawyers demanding a loyalty bonus of â‚¤300K because Joey did not ask for a transfer. This delay is starting to look bad for Barton and this impasse must be settled quickly otherwise his move to Newcastle could be put in real jeopardy.
Manchester City are saying Barton effectively asked for a transfer when he requested to speak to Newcastle and West Ham when both bid the â‚¤5.5M that triggered a release clause in his contract. Manchester City believes they are on strong legal ground and even Bartonâ€™s legal team are said to want to drop the demand.
A source at City indicated that Alistair Mackintosh, the clubâ€™s chief executive, and John Wardle, their Chairman, are ready to fight Barton tooth and nail over this – and even block Bartonâ€™s transfer to Newcastle if necessary. The source was quoted as saying:
â€œCity are not going to budge. We think weâ€™re on solid ground with our fans who got sick of Joey a long time ago and are now saying why should their club be asked to pay for one of its best players to leave,â€
This cannot drag on too much longer because Newcastle fans â€“ already somewhat unhappy by the signing of bad boy Barton â€“ do not want this aired in public â€“ which will show just how fed up the Manchester City management and fans have become with Joey Barton. He has already accepted at least â‚¤10,000 a week less from Newcastle than West Ham were willing to offer â€“ so money it seems is not the prime motivator for him.
Joey should drop these demands quickly â€“ before Newcastle starts to have second thoughts about the move.
That’s our view on this – what do you think?