The case of Swansea left-back Neil Taylor has been referred to a Premier League arbitration panel.
Neil Taylor – case will go to arbitration board
We had expected Newcastle to try to get some legal judgment on that release clause in Neil’s contract, and the Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Taylor has gone to the Premier League to try to bring an end to the stalemate.
The player’s agent has written to the Premier League looking for some guidance as to what to do, and the case is now to go to arbitration.
If Newcastle lose this case, you can bet the contract rules for release clauses will need to be re-written to be more clear than they seem to be at the moment.
This is the second time this summer that a club have argued the release clause only gave a club the right to speak to the player, and it was not the actual transfer price.
Blackburn tried that with center-back Phil Jones, when he was being transferred to Manchester United, but they then relented – but Swansea haven’t.
But clubs can never speak personal terms to a player unless a fee has first been agreed, which is one reason the release clause figure is the transfer amount – and why it’s called a release clause.
Otherwise why would a club speak to a player if they were willing to pay £1M as stated by the release clause, only to find out the fee was actually say £7M – it makes no logical sense.
That’s basically what Swansea are arguing, and what Blackburn were initially arguing with the Red Devils for Phil Jones.
But to be fair to Swansea, the Welsh club are dismayed they may lose a very good player for just £1M.
The case will go to an arbitration panel over the two weeks and this is what Taylor’s agent Jamie Moralee told The Journal today:
“It is slow progress at the moment but at the same time it needs to be resolved because the lad is in a very delicate position,”
“At the moment clarification is being sought from the Premier League and we are waiting for that but Newcastle have made it clear that they won’t go above £1M, which is not an offer that Swansea will accept.”
Newcastle want Taylor as a back-up to either Jose Enrique or whoever is brought in to replace Jose, should he move on this summer.
The 22 year-old improved greatly last season in the Championship, after he had moved from Wrexham last summer, and the Magpies no doubt will be hoping that vast improvement will continue next season.
But Jose Enrique’s options for leaving Newcastle may be dwindling, as Arsene Wenger said yesterday that Arsenal would not be signing a new left back to replace Gail Clichy, who signed last week for Manchester City.