Wigan and former Newcastle left winger Charles N’Zogbia has one year left on his contract, and could leave next summer for nothing. as a free agent.
Charles N’Zogbia – £20 or £30M for this player?
So would you think Wigan Chairman and owner, Dave Whelan, who initially slapped a fee of £9M on the player, which scared away both Newcastle and Sunderland, would even increase the fee?
Well, that seems to be exactly what he has done, with his comments to The Sun today.
This is what Dave said:
“I see some players being sold for £20m or £30m and Zoggy’s better.
“We’ve had bids but they’re nowhere near our valuation.”
The reason the bids are low is that Charles may well stay put, and see out his last year at Wigan, and then arrange a bumper deal as a free agent next summer.
And if Whelan continues wanting a daft fee for Charles, then N’Zogbia may well do just that and Wigan will get nothing for him.
Liverpool and Aston Villa are the latest clubs to be interested in the French International, but they are not silly enough to pay way over the odds for the player – well we don’t think they are.
If Wigan do keep up this behavior, Charles could definitely stay, and then some clubs would try to get him in the January transfer window for a further reduced fee.
But of course the longer he stays at the Latics, the less Wigan will get for him, which is why Whelan will probably come to his sense before or on August 31st, when the transfer window slams shut.
But at the moment think of this as simply Dave trying to drive up the transfer price of Charles, just as high as he can.
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