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Inter confirm Muntari signing

Inter have confirmed the signing of Sulley Muntari on their official site - for a fee believed to be around 11m - with him signing a 4-year contract with the Italian champions.

The Ghanaian has great ability that will be hard to replace, and we will not be able to replace this, we will simply have to make do with what we have or hope that Harry Redknapp can pull something out of the hat - either way I feel we will manage, and as said this was a deal that we could not refuse - assuming we are reinvesting this money...

I will not go over my thoughts again, as I have basically said all I had to in this article the other day - Muntari: Tough call, but the right one...

Muntari may well go on to be a world-beater, for Jose Mourinho to want him he must be something special, but to be fair this is a move that he also wanted.

Time will tell if the right thing has been done, I suspect that people will be divided on this matter but players come and go all the time, this is something that as fans we must be used to by now.

I wish Muntari all the very best for the future and thank him for providing me with one of the greatest memories I think I will ever have in my life, seeing us beat Manyoo at Old Trafford thanks to his penalty - what a great day that was!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 28 2008

Time: 1:21PM

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Well said Rug. He came, he helped us win the cup & he went back to Italy. Still good business all round & a chance for others to fill his boots alongside Diarra. Good luck Sulley & thank you.
storagematt
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28/07/2008 13:25:00

Hopefully, they'll now forget about Lampard. ;)
Fan of Blues
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28/07/2008 13:36:00

A great little player. He looks so smooth and comfortable when on the ball. Gutted to see him leave the PL.
Aamir
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28/07/2008 13:36:00

Oh well; let's move on
UKTony
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28/07/2008 13:41:00

He provided a steel that will be hard to replace. If Sulley wanted to go then fair enough, but if this was wheeler dealing for the sake of freeing up some cash then I think it was a poor piece of business. Jose M. must be creaming his pants.
ChrisW
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28/07/2008 13:50:00

Here here Tony - Move on. Although a good player was he a player who fitted in the PL?
eastneydave
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28/07/2008 13:56:00

He was not that good he certainly was not worth 11m and I don't hear you complaining about the price I think you know deep down that he was never going to settle in the Premiership. I think its a poor signing to by Jose's standards.
iNathan
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28/07/2008 14:38:00

eastneydave, or the Fratton Park midfield for that matter.
007
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28/07/2008 15:10:00

well 007, some might say it was the other way round. Mark my words. Muntari will be valued up there with the best in the next couple of years.
ChrisW
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28/07/2008 15:44:00

Fair play, the deal suited everyone! We get 12m for a decent enough, not breath-taking player. Muntari gets a move back to Italy to join the champions. Nothing against the player who played a key part in our amazing season , many previous players would have bottled that penalty against Man Utd but good luck sulley u will be remerbered for that pen and aston villa goals gd luck m8. COME BACK IN THE FUTURE !!! lol
stfc ballboy
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28/07/2008 17:02:00

Initially, I believed Muntari was leaving purely because he expressed a desire to go, but over the last few days, I've come to understand that he went - at least in part - because we wanted the money. That being the case, I believe this is a bad deal. We don't get 12m, we'll be lucky to get 7 by the time his previous club have their cut of the price, and with Muntari missing, now we're back to needing three more major signings instead of just two more. And anyone who saw the Man U game knows we really do need those signings. Our defence needs some steel and we're not able to feed the strikers.
PhilTaglia
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28/07/2008 18:16:00

Chris & Phil I agree with you on this one we will miss Muntari more than most think he would have had another year under his belt & his game was improving all round & if he ever leaves Milan it will be for a lot more than 11/12 million. if we don't get SWP or the like of then this will have been a mistake.
pompeyyong
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28/07/2008 19:40:00

Looks like we all have to agree to disagree or as I always famously say....'Wait and see'.
eastneydave
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28/07/2008 19:47:00

When I first heard of this deal I thought it was the right move, because I don't think he plays well in our midfield, but, then I hear we will not get anywhere near the full amount as a large proportion goes to Udinese. Why is it that Pompey never reveal the price a player was bought/sold for?
pompey4me
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28/07/2008 19:53:00

Dave, point of order. This is not a disagreement - it's a debate - I'd like to understand why this was a good deal... fwiw, I think this was a bad move for the reasons stated by the guys above. I was shocked at our inept midfield performance last night, more of the same from last season and Munters was one of the few who always worked his shift. As Phil said we need three now whereas before it was 2. I am now seriously worried that we are going to struggle around mid-table unless HR finds someone in the same vein as SM. And if he is looking for the same then why the hell did he sell? Transfer 101 at FP, I just don't get it - we say we are going to bring in 3 top players and bang we sell one of our best, and if Jose M thinks he's great, then it's good enough for me, because I rate him as the best manager in the world.
ChrisW
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28/07/2008 20:11:00

Didn't it take him all season to find a house? Did he find a house? If he did maybe Utaka can move in - he's been renting off Crouchie, and Crouchie needs the place back.
tracyc
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28/07/2008 21:27:00

I'm with you on this one Chris, I see this as a bad bad move.We will probably get 8 mill out of the sale which we are hopeful although a long way from certain into putting into a right winger of which we already have two? Harry moaned about our fringe players not being up to a high enough standard and then sells one of our top players instead. Just seems like a pani sale to me. I really hope that it does not come back to bite us in the ass.
sneakay
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28/07/2008 22:32:00

No Tracy, Muntari bought a fabulous apartment in Sandbanks, apparently it cost the earth! It was on the telly with Piers Morgan doing the interviewing.
Gandor
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28/07/2008 22:55:00

Hello, I wouldn't be too surprised if we pick up one of the inter players on loan.(please let it be ibrahimovich) lol. No in all seriousness they have an abundance of midfield talent, maybe Viera on loan isn't such a bad call, you can bet harry pushed for something a little extra out of this deal.
harrissman
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29/07/2008 09:52:00

I hope you're right, Harrissman, I really do. Vieira on loan for the season might actually be a good deal, as he certainly has the power and drive we need. He maybe doesn't have the running in him he used to have, but he could sit in front of the back four and give them some good cover and get things going from the back.
PhilTaglia
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29/07/2008 13:18:00

is anyone else wondering what the hecks going on?? we sell Muntari, for the reason "we have to sell to buy" & now it seems we can get hold of SWP or Kaboul?!?!??.....and today Harry has said he doesnt even know if he gets to use the money from the Muntari deal!!!!!!!!!!!??????....I just dont get it, the one & only reason we sould have sold Muntari for, is to improve the team..& to do that you need too strenghten in the areas that need sorting!...i was optamistic a week ago, but it all seems to be going down hill... :(
CharlieChimes
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29/07/2008 13:20:00

I can't see the need for panic. We can't get everything we want all the time. We'll be fine.
storagematt
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29/07/2008 13:41:00

The only way you'll get SWP is if Chelsea gets Robinho, the way I see it.
RadioactiveD
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29/07/2008 18:14:00

Has anybody else noticed talk about the need for a left sided midfield player - ideally one who scores goals? I think Bolton have got quite a good one, and he takes a good penalty as well.
tracyc
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29/07/2008 20:09:00

First a right sided midfileder then a left sided midfielder ..makes ya think doesn't it ... personally I'm bored with all the transfer talk and am waiting to see what (if anything happens) but a final message to Sulley Muntari as put by 'stfc ballboy' ...Good luck sulley u will be remerbered for that pen at Old Trafford and aston villa goal ... and for dancing with Kanu at Wembley .. and one of my favorite terrace songs of all time..
Chix
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29/07/2008 23:29:00

tracyc, I didn't get why did you sell him in the first place tbh.
Fan of Blues
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30/07/2008 00:04:00

Chix i too have had enough, im tired with the endless speculation and the constant contradictions from HR and co and in all honesty the real negativity coming from HR's mouth, which even by his 'playing it down standards' is getting too much... i will be glad when the transfer window closes and we are just concentrating on football.
you might have noticed that the amount of articles is decreasing recently, granted ive been busy but this is also for the above reasons as its boring me and doing my head in tbh!
pompeyrug
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30/07/2008 08:31:00

Do not let it get to you Rug, you are the one bit of common sense left on the horizon. P.S. How is the future promised PFC. progressing.
007
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30/07/2008 09:55:00

I can't wait for the season to start, tough as it is * the window to close & we concentrate on what we have. Though the speculation is the same madness every season (& in January) it does drain the soul.
storagematt
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30/07/2008 12:52:00

I am pretty pleased with the amount of money we got for him. he certainly didn't look 13m to me last season, not even 7m! I agree that he will improve in the future, hopefully we have a sell on clause similiar to the one udinese had when we bought him
pompeygrant01
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30/07/2008 21:10:00

thanks mr bond!
pompeyrug
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31/07/2008 13:50:00

and welcome aboad pompeygrant01, i will publish your talking pompey with tomorrow - friday.
pompeyrug
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31/07/2008 13:51:00

 

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