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Pompey confirm Diarra Real deal

Pompey confirm Diarra Real deal

Pompey have confirmed on the Pompey Site that a 'substantial offer' from Madrid has been accepted for Lassana Diarra.

A Pompey spokesman said: 'we have always said that we would only allow our players to leave if we received an exceptional bid.

'We could not stand in the way of a move such as this for Lassana.

'It shows how far the club has come under the ownership of Alexandre Gaydamak when Real Madrid come in for one of our players.

'Should the deal be completed, the club has already identified possible replacements.'

The Frenchman will now travel to Madrid to talk terms with the deal concluded when the January transfer window reopens - so unfortunately we will not get to see him in a Pompey shirt again, as had been hoped at least one more time before he went...

Quite how much this 'substantial offer' is remains unknown, anything from £9m-£24m is touted, if the lower figure that is in no way 'substantial', if the latter then that is very, very good business!

I am hearing it is £16.5m, which I think is just about enough to be honest, as I have always said £15m plus would be the minimum, and to see him go to a world class outfit like Madrid softens the blow as well. In theory this 'should' allow us to keep other star names at least?

We will miss him, without a doubt, but this day was always going to come - lets just hope that we do genuinely have someone lined up, although clearly they will not be as talented as him, and Tony Adams can spend a chunk of that money on new players, or at least turn loans into permanent deals...


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Date:Wednesday December 17 2008
Time: 10:14AM


ouch! not good... "substancial" MUST be well above 15million. We rejected to "above 15 million" offers in the summer, so this must be 20+million? surely...
17/12/2008 10:29:00
£21.5m is the fee, but of course this is staggered over a number of years. Hope we also inserted clauses, as I've got a feeling he'll be moving on again in a couple of years
17/12/2008 10:39:00
He's a dolphin headed ****, wish him every failure. Mug.
17/12/2008 10:54:00
lol!!! love it shewore! dont agree though, I couldnt deny him Real Madrid, surley we all knew he'd be gone sooner than later..I for one think hes an absolutley fantasic player and one of the very big boys would snap him up! If it 20 million, thats a good profit, I dont want to hear about replacements though, I dont think he can be replaced..not this side of 10 million anyway!....gutted, but inevitable.
17/12/2008 11:09:00
Rug, if we have got anything above £15M for him then it is very good business, sorry to see him go as I do believe he is a talent. Lets hope Sascha allows Tony to use some of the cash for a couple of replacements. Jimmy Bullard and Gary O for me.
17/12/2008 11:14:00
If it is the 20 million being reported on Sky that has to be viewed as great business. Good luck to the lad, he made no secret of the fact he wanted to play at the highest level. I hope the move works out for him, he played for us during our marvellous cup winning season, and was a massive influence on the team. Now we will see how bad/good things are at the club when the money arrives.
17/12/2008 11:23:00
In your face citeh! If he has to go, then im glad its Madrid and £20M ish makes the loss a bit easier. Spend it wisely Tone!
17/12/2008 11:26:00
Come on guys, the blokes IN the shirts care FAR less about PFC than the people paying to watch them. There's no need to take it personally! Someone offered me £21m - to do virtually anything, let alone something I love doing - I'd bite their hand off. Good luck to the bloke, it's great to have a reputation as a club where you can play and then go off and earn big bucks...we'll get more young talent through like that. Unless we get bought up by Arabs, we'll never be somewhere that can hold on to real talent for long so we might as well get a good through-flow of superstars rather than muppets.
17/12/2008 11:27:00
Mind you how come he did not sign for the two biggest teams in Britain/Europe/World football, by that i mean the Spuds and Citeh!! Not as big as you tell everyone are you lads?
17/12/2008 11:27:00
How long before "HR" starts claiming the credit?
17/12/2008 12:01:00
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