Date:Saturday July 26 2008
Most feel that Sulley Muntari is leaving Pompey because the club want him sold to raise funds - whilst there can be little doubt the club view this as a good move - or he would not be sold - as the money we will get is not bad, I think we have to be fair and say that it is not just a case of us pushing to make this deal happen, as it does appear that Inter is not a move he is turning down... and understandably so!
Muntari has told The News that it is hard to leave Pompey, but he could not refuse the lure of Inter, a big club, which he missed out on by not being able to join Manyoo a few years back after reportedly not being granted a work permit or agreeing terms - dependant on where you read it: 'Harry has developed my game and has become like a father to me, but when a club like Inter come calling you have to listen.
'I love him and I love the Portsmouth fans but I missed an opportunity once to join a big club a few years ago and I don't want to miss it again.'
So, as I say as much as it might be a good deal for us it is not simply a case of us being the only ones involved here, as he does want the move - who knows maybe he wanted this more than we wanted him to go?
No one knows what we will get, all sorts of 'reports' are being bounced about but after paying Udinese a slice of what we owe them as a sell on fee, not wanting to alarm anyone - although I am sure you have already thought of this - would this buy the reported main targets Shaun Wright-Phillips, Nicky Shorey and Younes Kaboul?
I am not convinced it will to be honest, the latter two yes with money left over but I think we would still have to sell to raise more for Wright-Phillips, who I feel could still yet arrive on a season loan capacity anyway...
Not forgetting, we could need to replace Muntari, which clearly we do as what we have is not like him, but I think what we do have is enough to compensate his loss - yep we have lost the power and muscle, some of the quality too but you have a squad of players that 'should' be good enough, so most in my thinking are good enough to fill the breach, although knowing Harry Redknapp he will probably pull something out of the bag, even if it does not happen until deadline day!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Saturday July 26 2008
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