Steve Sidwell’s Â£5.5M move from Chelsea to Aston Villa is being delayed over a conflict involving his Stamford Bridge pay-off, which is a little matter of Â£2M.
Steve Sidwell – could Newcastle become interested?
Sidwell still has three years remaining on his Â£50K/week contract at Chelsea, and is apparently holding out for a Â£2M settlement, according to The Daily Mirror today.
The midfielder joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Reading only last summer, and was probably paid a signing on fee then, so it seems a wee bit greedy to try to get Â£2M when you leave. We have to admit that may have been in his contract and if he’s fighting over a contract dispute, Steve has every right to do that.
We know he’s got Â£2.5M from his wages at Stamford Bridge for the year he was there, even though he only appeared 15 times for the Chelsea club – so that’s about Â£167K per appearance (not even full games).
If he does get the Â£2M, which may have been written into his contract. that would be Â£300K for each game at Chelsea, not too bad a payment at all.
Villa are understood to have verbally agreed the fee with Chelsea for Sidwell at Â£5.5M, so that’s pure profit for Chelsea too, so maybe Sidwell is trying to get some of that Chelsea profit.
But we wonder if Newcastle may become interested, now that we know what the fee for Sidwell is.
Steve would be a decent buy for that money, as long as the Â£2M is a legitimate item in his contract, because the last thing we want at Newcastle, is players at the club just for the money.
We’ll assume it is a contract dispute, and of course nothing like that will be in his contract if he signs for Newcastle United.
Sidwell was happy to have come to Newcastle last summer, before Glenn Roeder was sacked, so it was just a thought that he may still be keen to come to Tyneside.
He’s signed for nobody yet, and certainly fits the blueprint of younger players Keegan and Ashley will bring to the club in the summer – and Kevin is now back in town, and only too ready to do business.