The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that Neil Taylor is taking legal advice about whether to sue Swansea City for breach of contract.
Neil Taylor – has lodged inquiry with PFA
Neil was on Tyneside for a few days after returning from his vacation in Spain, but no deal has yet been announced by Newcastle, although the local papers are reporting he is still very keen to join the Magpies.
A lot of Newcatsle fans have been wondering what the delay in his signing has been caused by, since the 22 year-old defender has been more than ready to join Newcastle United, who are keen to activate the £1M release clause in Taylor’s contract.
The surprising new today is that Newcastle have made contact with Swansea, and would you believe the Welsh club are now asking £10M for their player – but history and the law are hardly on Swansea’s side.
Swansea were furious that Newcastle found out about that release clause, but that’s some of the work the football agents do these days, and it’s not illegal, and if Swansea didn’t want anybody to know about the release clause – they should not have put it in the contract.
But to try to now say the release clause only means he can talk to another club but that it’s not the transfer fee – is little short of ridiculous.
And Swansea have told Taylor and Newcastle that the £1M clause only allows him to speak to another club, but that’s exactly how these release clauses are worded, and why allow the player to speak personal terms with another club, if the transfer fee has not first been agreed between the two clubs?
That’s why the release clauses are worded that way, and we think Swansea would have a very hard job in a court of law, putting forward their argument.
And the Sunday Mirror are pointing out the case has some definite similarities to Phil Jones’ recent transfer from Blackburn Rovers to Manchester United.
Jones had a £16.5M release clause in his contract, which the Red Devils found, out about and were ready to meet that figure, but that deal was temporarily held up because Blackburn argued they were under no legal obligation to accept Manchester’s offer of £16.M, and then valued the player at a much higher price – around £23M.
But Blackburn eventually gave up the ghost on that one (as surely Swansea will have to do also), when it was obvious Blackburn had no legal case in contesting the release clause.
The news is that Neil Taylor has now consulted his lawyers and also the players’ union, and it could be that an outcome is that it goes before a Welsh FA arbitration Board to pass judgment on the case.
But Swansea seem not to be acting very professionally in all of this, and they already have a complaint from Ipswich Town, who have now asked the Premier League to impose a transfer embargo on the Welsh club.
Ipswich Town claim they are still owed money on Tamas Priskin’s loan spell at the Liberty Stadium last season.
We can understand Swansea not being happy at losing such an improved player as Neil Taylor for such a small fee, but there’s not much they can do about it – and yes it’s unfortunate for them.
But they hardly have any legal case in this matter at all.