Date:Monday August 13 2012
Jack Rodwell has now completed his move from Everton to Manchester City.
He passed his medical and signed a five-year-deal with the Premier League champions on Sunday, completing the transfer in a swift fashion.
In modern day football, many transfers are undisclosed, but in the main, deals are reported unofficially with some accuracy.
This deal however would not appear to be one of those, the headline grabbing £20million fee has slowly fell over the past 24 hours, down to £18million after add-ons, down to an initial cash purchase of £15million, to now just £12million.
£12million? For a 21-year-old with the potential to boss the England midfield for years to come? All of a sudden I'm now becoming a bit angered by the sale.
Everton's financial problems are well documented, pressure from the banks may have appeared to have been lifted in recent months and we haven't had any Blue Union clowns running around for a while, that doesn't mean the financial situation has dramatically improved overnight for no reason, but why sell on the cheap?
We've had a good summer of transfer dealings, so it was inevitable that someone would have to move on to re-coup some of the outgoing, just a shame that the sword has fallen on a home grown talent who our midfield could have been built around for years to come.
Some will argue he is easy dispensable, which to me is a strange argument just because we have yet to regularly see his potential.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has wanted Rodwell since he came to England and now he's got his man and hasn't had to pay over the odds to get him.
'I have a special relationship with the Chairman, Mr Kenwright, who did not want me to leave but this was an opportunity I could not refuse.' Rodwell told evertonfc.com following his departure.
He continued: 'I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Everton Football Club. The manager has been brilliant for me and helped make me the player that I am today.
'I would like to place on record my thanks to him and all the coaching staff and players who have worked with me since I joined the academy as a seven-year-old. Finally I would like to thank all the fans who have been amazing during my years at Everton. I have enjoyed every minute of my time there and I wish everyone at the club the best of luck for the new season and beyond.'
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Date:Monday August 13 2012
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