It seems that Newcatsle have a two stage approach to sorting out the Neil Taylor dilemma with Swansea City over the 22 year’s contract.
Neil Taylor – his lawyers trying to sort it out
Newcastle have left it to Neil Taylor’s lawyers to try to sort out the differences the player and the club have concerning his release clasue in his contract.
At this stage Newcastle thinks it’s simply a disagreement over the contract between Swansea and their employee.
Newcastle had a £1.1M bid for the Swansea City left-back turned down this week, and Swansea’s interpretation is the clause only gives a club the right to talk to the player, whereas Newcatsle believe it also sets the transfer fee for the player.
That was the case when they signed Yohan Cabaye from Lille, based on a 4.5M release clause in the French International;s contract.
Common sense suggests the fee mentioned in the release clause is also the transfer fee, because clubs can only speak to players about personal terms, once a fee is agreed between the two clubs, and not before.
If the player and his lawyers cannot sort it out, then Newcastle will get their lawyers involved, and take the matter forward, but the Tyneside club are hoping Swansea will come to their senses before that becomes necessary.
A precedent happened only a few weeks back, when Blackburn Rovers had a similar difference of opinion with Manchester United over Phil Jones’ contract, which had a release clause of £16.5M in it..
Blackburn said the same things as Swansea are now sating, but then backed down after asking £23M for their player.
We would expect Swansea to do the same thing at some point, and let Neil Taylor sign the five year deal Newcastle have offered the left-back with a huge increase in his wages.
But if they don’t, then Newcastle will take the matter forward and get some legal judgement on Taylor’s contract.
We think Taylor will become a Newcatsle player before September – and hopefully sooner rather than later.
PS – I know I’m now going to get smashed, once again, by Swansea fans, for this article.