Sven Eriksson seems to have been having trouble with the contracts of his two excellent central defenders, Micah Richards and Richard Dunne.
Richard Dunne – excellent performance by the Manchester City captain
Manchester City have solved the Micah Richards problem and the youngster recently signed an extended contract at the Eastlands club. However, there are still signs that Richard Dunne, who has been outstanding for City over the last 3 seasons, and indeed has been voted their best player 3 years running, is still not too happy with what he is being offered.
The Daily Mirror is reporting the player is concerned about how the negotiations for a new contract are going. This was a story out when Keegan first arrived back at Newcastle, so we’re not sure if it’s just being recirculated or if there is any truth in it. We cannot imagine City allowing this to get in the way of keeping their dominant central defender and captain, but itâ€™s not the first time rumors like this have surfaced.
The Mirror raises the prospect of Dunne potentially buying out his contract, as players over 28 these days and with over two years service can pay Â£1.5M to be released from their contract. In that case Richard would be a free agent and could negotiate some massive deal with another club.
If you look at the performances of central defenders over the last couple of seasons Dunne has to be near, if not at the very top of the list in the Premier League, and of course Kevin Keegan was his manager at City a few years back. At the time Dunne wasnâ€™t the dedicated professional he is today, and Keegan laid down the law, and to his credit Dunne buckled down and has become the excellent defender he is today and very consistent.
We donâ€™t know what the relationship is like between Dunne and Keegan and donâ€™t know if Kevin would be keen to bring Richard to Newcastle if he could get him.
But Manchester City have been the club that have probably improved the most this season under new manager Sven Eriksson, who is proving he is one of the best club managers around, and just last weekend City did the double over Manchester United for the first time in many years.
Not sure why Dunne would want to come to Newcastle quite honestly, since we have really struggled this season, and we will not even be able to offer European Competition next year, while City may even grab a European Champions League place.
But there may be a possibility if negotiation break down, that we could get Dunne – he would be a great acquisition for us after we failed in our late bid to get Jonathan Woodgate. We definitely need a proven, dominant and experienced center-back before next season and Richard fits the bill perfectly.
But weâ€™re not sire if we are just dreaming that it may even be possible.
What do you think?